Charging an Electric or Phev Car; How To

Whilst this article is specific to the BMW i3, most of the content is applicable to all electric and hybrid-electric cars.

On two occasions at CarLease UK, we have had the pleasure of a long term test of a BMW i3 REX. In both cases it was the latest version with the new longer range plus Range Extender.

Whether buying or leasing your new i3, a grant of £4500 is available off the new cost and a £500 subsidy is also available off a home charging point

Overview of Electric/ PHEV & BMW I3 Charging Inlets

The i3 has the CCS standard set up. One is for fast charging and one is for slower charging.

Type 2 – Slow & Fast

CCS – Rapid


Approximate charging times for the 94ah i3 are below, assuming 100% charge.

Really this depends of your start point, age of battery and temperatures

The BMW i3 – both EV and REX, has an 11kw charger as standard.

Rapid 50kW

Fast 22kW

Fast 7kW

Slow 3kW

35 mins
- 0-80%

3 hours
- 0-100%

4:30 hours
- 0-100%

11 hours
- 0-100%

So, you’ve leased a new i3, can you charge it at home?

Leasing or Buying a BMW i3 entitles you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £500 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available to charge your i3. You can choose any OLEV approved installer once you have arranged your EVHS grant. I charged the i3 at home many times without incident.

For more information on charging your electric car or for any further help and advice with electric and PHEV car leasing simply contact our helpful team, you can also learn more about electric cars in our help and advice pages or check out the electric category on our blog for topical articles, news and posts...

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