The All-Electric BMW i3 Hatchback: The Complete Guide For Ireland

BMW i3 electric car
Price: From € 44,697
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 42.2 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 278 - 307 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric BMW i3


BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leading global automotive manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. BMW is well known for its portfolio of luxury vehicles, to include the famed Rolls-Royce luxury cars. The group manufacturers a number of cars under its BMW brand, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The BMW i3 EV is an excellent example of a successful pure electric car. The company currently has the following portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs):

  • The all-electric BMW iX3
  • The all-electric BMW iX
  • The all-electric BMW i4
  • The all-electric BMW i3

The BMW i3 electric hatchback is part of the BMW zero-emission sub brand ‘BMW i’. The plug-in pure electric i3 car is the first mass-market BEV manufactured by BMW. The BMW i3 made its debut at the International Motor Show in Germany 2011, with production commencing in 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

The BMW i3 has won a number of awards, to include, the World Green Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Car of the Year and an iF Product Design Gold Award. The larger EV battery pack (42.2 kWh) was announced in 2018. In October 2017, the 100,000th BMW i3 rolled off the production line and the 200,000th BMW i3 rolled off the Leipzig production line in October 2020.   

The pure electric BMW i3 has a 42.2 kWh onboard EV battery. It is true, in that, the more recent introduction of electric cars have a larger EV battery, but given the positioning of the i3 electric car as a city car, the 42.2 kWh battery size is appropriate. The manufacturer claims a zero-emission electric range up to 307 km for the i3 and up to 283 km for the sportier i3s variant. Though this pure electric range may not be as impressive as some recent alternatives, it is no doubt useful for most day-to-day needs and for shorter commutes on the motorway. The electric car also incorporates regenerative braking to increase efficiency and electric range.

Even accounting for the real-world range, the BMW i3 has a decent electric range. Depending on the driving profile, weather conditions, road surface, wheel size, onboard services used, expect a real-world electric range closer to 260 km for the BMW i3.

The EV offers DC charging up to 50 kW and can be charged from 0%-80% in 42 minutes. Though the electric car incorporates an 11 kW (3-phase) onboard charger, given that most homes in Ireland are single-phase (7.4 kW), expected the EV battery to be fully charged in around 6 hours. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity tariff prices are cheaper and we also encourage the use of a dedicated home EV charging station like zappi, which is compatible with solar energy. We discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for charging an electric car.

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive BMW i3 can achieve 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, with a 150 km/h top speed (maximum power: 170 hp/ torque: 250 Nm). The higher performance BMW i3s variant can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds (maximum power: 184 hp/ torque: 250 Nm). The electric car also benefits from instant torque.

In terms of exterior stying, the BMW i3 has always made a bold statement, given it futuristic styling. The build and interior quality is what you would expect from a premium brand like BMW. Though the electric hatchback is compact, surprisingly the interior cabin does not feel as small, even for passengers seated on the rear seats. Moreover, access to the rear seats is easy, given the unique rear-door configuration offered on this model. The boot space is limited to 260 L.

The pure electric BMW i3 is now being discontinued, but still an option to consider for a used electric car.


PROS CONS
Good performanceDC charging limited to 50 kW
Good build and interior qualitySmall boot and rear headroom limited
11 kW on-board chargerCheaper alternatives available

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The All-Electric BMW i3 (credit: BMW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Hatchback
Engine:Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
BMW i3 (from € 44,697)
BMW i3s (from € 47,848)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 42.2 kWh
Charging:50 kW rapid charging (0%-80%: 42 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1590
Width (mm):1791
Length (mm):4006
Wheelbase (mm):2570
Turning Circle (m):9.9
Boot Space (L):260

BMW i3 120Ah
EV Battery Capacity:42.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):285 – 307 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.3 – 15.3
Charging:50 kW rapid charging (0%-80%: 42 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Top Speed:150 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Max Power (hp):170
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Unladen Weight-EU:1,345
Colours:4
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

BMW i3s 120Ah
EV Battery Capacity:42.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):278 – 283 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.6 – 16.3
Charging:50 kW rapid charging (0%-80%: 42 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-10 km/h:6.9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):135
Max Power (hp):184
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,365
Colours:4
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Ireland: EV Market Overview


As is the case in a number of global markets, to include the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In fact, in January 2022, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed in Ireland. Put another way, more than a fifth of the cars bought in Ireland were either pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

It is also worth nothing the continued decline in the sale of diesel vehicles in Ireland, as families and businesses migrate to lower tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs). Diesel market share has declined from 34.2% in early 2021 to 19.7% in early 2022. We can expect this trend to continue for the forseeable future.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed €100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to €5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.


Ireland: Top Electric Cars


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Tesla Model 3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
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Renault ZoeBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.4Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Hyundai IONIQ 5Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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