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Unlock the potential of electric driving and discover a whole new world of adventure. From driving range to charging at home, find out how BMW continues to pioneer the world of mobility.
HYBRID VS. ELECTRIC.
Before deciding which car is right for you, discover what the differences are between hybrid and electric cars.
A plug-in hybrid car uses two power sources: a battery-powered motor to assist a petrol or diesel engine, and in some cases completely power the vehicle.
Compared to traditional cars, running costs are lower
With two power sources, driving range is never a concern
Depending on usage, CO2 emissions are reduced
Instead of a traditional combustion engine, the car is powered solely by an electric motor, which is battery-powered.
Electricity is significantly cheaper than petrol and diesel
Electric motors produce zero driving CO2 emissions
With less weight, electric cars are more energy-efficient than traditional cars
GOING THE DISTANCE.
The big question around electric driving is often to do with range. How far can electric vehicles go? However, it’s important to put this answer into context and understand what it means with respect to the average daily trips.
HOW FAR DO WE DRIVE IN OUR CARS?
The average car journey in the UK is only 7 miles*, while the average mileage per year for UK drivers is approximately 8,000 miles*. This works out to be fewer than 22 miles per day.
HOW FAR CAN ONE FULLY CHARGED ALL-ELECTRIC BMW i3 GO?
London to Brighton, and back again. The BMW i3 94Ah can go 125 miles on one full charge. The BMW i8 Roadster and BMW i8 Coupé, which are plugin hybrids, can go 33 miles and 34 miles respectively on one full charge before switching to an engine power source.
HOW MUCH DOES BMW’S RANGE EXTENDER ADD?
From London to Manchester. With BMW’s Range Extender, which is a 2-cylinder petrol engine, the BMW i3 and i3s can reach 206 miles on a single charge. That’s an extra 80 miles.
HOW MANY CHARGING STATIONS ARE THERE IN THE UK?
There are over 5,000 public charging stations and counting.
CHARGING YOUR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE.
The growing network features both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) charging stations. AC Fast stations are more readily available and can charge 80% capacity in under four hours; however, this can be reduced to under three hours at an AC Rapid station. Thanks to Rapid Charging, which uses Direct Current (DC) electricity, you can charge your BMW i3 to 80% in under 40 minutes.
CHARGING FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME.
BMW i vehicles can be charged via the BMW i Wallbox Plus or BMW i Wallbox Connect, which can be installed at your home. These are 70% faster than standard power cables and charge 80% of full capacity in less than four hours.
INNOVATIVE CHARGING SOLUTIONS.
To support drivers who embrace electrified vehicles, BMW has created ELECTRIC 360°. This is a vast range of products and services to facilitate i-mobility, from public and home charging stations to general travel assistance.
* According to the UK Department for Transport (7 April 2016). Read more.
** According to the UK Government National Travel Survey: 2016. Read more.
*** According to the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles. Read more.
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