The All-Electric BMW i4 Gran Coupe: The Complete Guide For Ireland

BMW i4 electric car
Price: € 61,335
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Gran Coupe
Battery size: 80.7 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 512 - 588 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric BMW i4 Gran Coupe

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 BMW i4, is the first all-electric Gran Coupe. The electric vehicle (EV) is based on the iVision Dynamics concept that made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The i4 is an electrified powertrain of the 4-series and looks similar to the 4-series Gran Coupe. It is slotted between the BMW i3 hatchback and the BMW i8 sports. The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is assembled in Munich (Germany) and is the first all-electric saloon for BMW. The i4 includes the fifth generation BMW eDrive Technology.

The pure electric BMW i4 also includes lightweight carbon-fibre construction, which is currently featured in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 EV. BMW is deploying a ‘flexible vehicle architecture’ that will be used by both internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs). The design has also been inspired by the BMW iNext SUV concept unveiled at the 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show. The BMW i4 is also the first fully-electric Gran Coupé.

The BMW i4 EV is available in one EV battery size: 80.7 kWh, and has a claimed pure electric range up to 588 km for the entry-level eDrive40 Sport variant. For the higher performance i4 M50 variant, the claimed range is up to 512 km. The EV battery size and zero-emission electric range is similar to many of the more recent introductions of pure electric cars i.e. there is a trend of increasing EV battery size and longer electric range.

Of course, the real-world EV range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: speed, driving profile, regen braking profile, weather conditions, road conditions, tyre size, onboard services used, payload and more. For the entry-level BMW i4 eDrive40 expect a real-world electric range closer to 500 km and for the top of the range BMW i4 M50, expect an e-range closer to 435 km.

We at e-zoomed recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric car. This way, there is always range readily available and moreover, a topping up approach reduces the amount of time required to charge. The electric vehicle (EV) can be DC charged up to 205 kW and can achieve a 10%-80% in 31 minutes.

All variants incorporate a 11 kW (3-phase) onboard charger, which can fully charge the EV in 8 hours and 25 minutes. However, given that most homes in Ireland are restricted to single-phase power supply, expect the EV to take up to 13 hours for a full charge.

The BMW i4 electric car does not disappoint on performance. The range topping all-wheel drive BMW i4 M50 achieves 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Impressive, given the additional weight of the onboard EV battery. The total unladen weight of the electric car is 2,290 kg. The M50 delivers a maximum power up to 544 hp (max torque: 795 Nm) and has a 225 km/h top speed. The other two variants (eDrive40 Sport and eDrive40 M Sport) are available as real-wheel drive and can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds (top speed: 190 km/h).

Though the electric car has much to offer in terms of exterior styling and interior quality, do not expect much in terms of practicality. The sloping roofline does impact the headroom for rear seat passengers, in particular, for taller adults. Legroom can also be a little tight. But again, one is not really buying this car for practicality. It is the performance that matters, and the EV delivers. Having said that, the boot space on offer is still respectable (470 L).

The i4 is certainly a good looking car, further enhanced by the coupé styling. The vertically aligned front kidney supplies the EV with real-time data via sensors and camera, to enhance the driver assistance onboard technology. The BMW i4 has a driver-oriented cockpit and offers the BMW curved display (12.3″ instrument cluster and 14.9″ control display. The BMW i4 electric car is manufactured using ‘sustainable and green energy’.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

An attractive exterior coupéstylingCheaper alternatives available
Decent EV battery size and emission-free e-rangeRear-headroom impacted by roofline. Rear visibility: blind spots
DC charging up to 205 kW. Three-phase (11 kW) onboard charger as standardAll-wheel drive only available on the top trim


The All-Electric BMW i4 Gran Coupe (credit: BMW)

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

Variants (2 Options)
BMW i4 eDrive35 Sport (from € 61,335)
BMW i4 eDrive40 Sport (from € 71,045)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 80.7 kWh
Charging:205 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 31 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
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

Height (mm):1,448
Width (mm):1,852
Length (mm):4,783
Wheelbase (mm):2,856
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Capacity (L):470

BMW i4 eDrive40 Sport
EV Battery Capacity:80.7 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):588 km
Electric Energy Consumption (km/kWh):16.1 − 19.1
Charging:205 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 31 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
Top Speed:190 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.7 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):250
Max Power (hp):340
Torque (Nm):430
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,125
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

BMW i4 eDrive40 M Sport
EV Battery Capacity:80.7 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):566 km
Electric Energy Consumption (km/kWh):16.1 − 19.1
Charging:205 kW DC charging (10-80%: 31 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
Top Speed:190 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.7 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):250
Max Power (hp):340
Torque (Nm):430
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,125
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

BMW i4 M50
EV Battery Capacity:80.7 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):512 km
Electric Energy Consumption (km/kWh):18.0 − 22.5
Charging:205 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 31 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
Top Speed:225 km/h
0-100 km/h:3.9 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):400
Max Power (hp):544
Torque (Nm):795
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,290
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Longest Range Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars: Top 5

The continued improvement in the development of electric cars is not limited to only pure electric cars, also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). In fact, we have also witnessed improvements for the latest-generation of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). In particular, increased range and lower emissions.

In the list below of longest-range PHEVs, all EVs have a claimed WLTP e-range over 100 km. Leading the pack is the Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid with an emission-free electric range up to 114 km. In regards to tailpipe emissions, Mercedes PHEVs top the list with tailpipe emissions as low as 13g (CO2/km), significantly lower compared to the conventional petrol or diesel variants!

Though historically, plug-in hybrids have played an important role in the migration from conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel vehicles to all-electric cars, given the significant improvement in the e-range of pure electric cars, the role of PHEVs has reduced in importance. We can expect this trend to continue, as automotive manufacturers focus on developing and delivering pure electric cars. We at e-zoomed expect plug-in hybrid cars to become redundant in due course.

In general, we recommend buying a pure electric car, however, with those with very limited access to EV charging infrastructure and need to drive long distance on a regular basis, to consider a PHEV. Do keep in mind, for most families, day-to-day driving needs are limited to short journeys i.e. school runs, grocery store, gym, work, high street etc. Most of the latest-generation of pure electric cars can meet this need!

Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Tailpipe Emissions (CO2/km)Body Type
Mercedes-Benz C Class Plug-In Hybrid25.4 kWh104 km13g (CO2/km)Estate
Mercedes-Benz C Class Plug-In Hybrid 25.4 kWh110 km13g (CO2/km)Saloon
Mercedes-Benz S Class Plug-In Hybrid 28.6 kWh101 km19g (CO2/km)Saloon
Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid38.2 kWh114 km20 – 18g (CO2/km)SUV
Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid 38.2 kWh112 km21 – 18g (CO2/km)SUV

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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 large-scale 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 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 has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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