As well as saving on a cost per mile basis compared to traditional petrol or diesel vehicles, there are further real-world advantages to owning a BMW i3. As well as a drive that’s pure BMW, the BMW i3 is exempt from vehicle tax. And if you travel into London, it’s also exempt from the Congestion Charge.
The BMW i3 is built like no other electric vehicle. The batteries are guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles, and the car itself has a three year, unlimited mileage warranty. Servicing intervals are dictated by the car itself, but with no combustion engine there are no air filters, oil or oil filters to change, and when the car indicates that it needs a service, it’s often limited to new wiper blades and windscreen washer fluid top ups.
The BMW i8 has a similar warranty, with a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty covering the vehicle and an eight-year /100,000-mile warranty covering the battery.