BMW i3 will get a faster internal charger

BMW i3 gray charging

In this summer the BMW i3 will get a bigger battery, but that will make the car longer to charge when using the internal charger, right?

Maybe not…

In Europe three-phase electric power is a common thing. It’s a waste not using it for charging electric cars. Having a fast internal charger is what makes Renault Zoe so appealing to many people. The possibility of giving your electric car a quick charge in your garage is great.

It’s only logic that BMW offers the possibility of allowing the buyer to choose a faster charger. Taking in consideration that BMW’s drivers are familiar with pricey options, a faster charger costing 3.000-4.000 € would get some orders. For many people it’s best to pay for a faster charger than a gas engine for range extension.

For example, in Europe the Smart Fortwo ED has an optional 22 kW Brusa charger but it’s not cheap.


Brusa NLG664 is a three-phase 22 kW charger that weighs 12 kg


I wouldn’t be surprised if the new charger is built by either Siemens or Bosch.


Guess where the faster AC internal charger will be?


That empty space is asking for a faster AC charger


This means no internal faster charger for the Rex version.


This information is not official and it’s not yet known if the charger will be 11 kW or 22 kW.

I also expect that the upgraded BMW i3 will be compatible with 100 kW CCS charging stations, just like Kia Soul EV and Hyundai IONIQ Electric. Any less than 70 kW fast charging rate will be a disappointment.


If the price was the same what would you prefer? A BMW i3 with the new 33,84 kWh battery and a 22 kW internal charger or trade that faster charger with a range extender combustion engine?

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

If that is true it is a great move of BMW and all electrical car manufacturers should do it as a standard.

22kWh AC charge is really practical and useful.

With it available DC charging is less of a necessity and allows DC charging stations to be less crowded.