BMW models & EV chargers

BMW electric vehicle overview

BMW has embraced the electrification of its fleet of vehicle offerings as much as any existing auto manufacturer. They have three all-electric offerings and four plug-in hybrids. No other automotive brand has offered such a diverse plug-in vehicle portfolio to date.



BMW EV models

BMW i3

BMW launched the BMW i3 in late 2013 as a 2014 model. The i3 is available in two iterations; an all-electric (BEV) and as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with the addition of the optional range extender that BMW calls the “REx”. This makes the BMW i3 the only car that you can buy in either all-electric or plug-in hybrid form.


The BMW i3 is a rear-wheel drive, four-passenger, five-door hatchback, with rear coach-style doors that open in the opposite direction of conventional doors. This gives the i3 a “clamshell” appearance when both the front and rear doors are open.


The i3 is known for its quirky, non-conventional styling for a BMW. It employs a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body, aluminum frame, and exterior body panels that are thermoplastic. Since its launch, BMW has upgraded the charging capabilities once, and the battery twice to increase the all-electric driving range. See the chart below for the BMW i3 battery, charging and electric driving range details.



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Charging BMW EVs


For Level 1 and Level 2 charging, BMW EVs use the industry-standard SAE J1772 connector in North America. The charge port is located on the rear right side of the vehicle, just behind the rear door. BMW EVs use a variety of battery sizes depending on the model, as demonstrated in the table below. Match up your EV with the model year and battery size, to see how long it takes to charge your vehicle.


BMW EVs are capable of Level 3 DC fast charging and use the North American standard Combined Charging System (CCS) connector for Level 3 charging.



Model & year

Max charge rate

Battery size

Charge time on Level 1

Charge time with JuiceBox 48

All electric range

2019-2021 BMW i3
7.7 kW
42 kWh
35 hours (~1.5 days)
5.5 hours
153 miles
2023 BMW i4 eDrive35
11 kW
70 kWh
49 hours (~2 days)
6 hours
260 miles
2022-Present BMW i4 eDrive40 & i4 M50
11 kW
81 kWh
56.25 hours (~2.3 days)
7 hours
301 miles & 270 miles
2022-Present BMW iX xDrive50 & iX M60
11 kW
111.5 kWh
77 hours (~3.25 days)
10.75 hours
324 miles & 288 miles
2023 BMW i7 xDrive60
11 kW
105.7 kWh
70 hours (~3 days)
10.25 hours
318 miles

Level 3 DC fast charging: CCS combo


BMW EVs incorporate some of the fastest DC fast charging rates on the market with the i4, iX and i7 capable of 195 kW DC fast charging resulting in an 80% charge taking 30 minutes. 

BMW plug-in hybrid models

BMW X5 xDrive 45e

The BMW X5 45e is the plug-in hybrid version of BMW’s popular X5 SUV. It has a 24 kWh battery that can power the vehicle up to 31 miles without assistance from the gasoline motor.



BMW 530e

The BMW 530e is the plug-in hybrid version of BMW’s 5-series midsize sedan. It has a 12 kWh battery and was BMW’s best selling plug-in vehicle in 2019. The 530e has an 21 mile all-electric range, and the hybrid powertrain delivers 29 miles per gallon once the battery is exhausted, which is very good for a luxury sports sedan in this class.



BMW 330e

The BMW 330e is the plug-in hybrid version of BMW’s best selling car, the 3-Series. It has a 12 kWh battery which delivers 23 miles of all-electric driving range. 



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Charging BMW plug-in hybrids


For Level 1 and Level 2 charging, all of BMW’s plug-in hybrids use the industry-standard SAE J1772 connector in North America. The charge ports on all of BMW’s PHEVs are all located in the same place, on the front left side of the vehicle, just ahead of the driver’s door. None of BMW’s PHEVs are capable of using Level 3 DC fast chargers. Match up your BMW plug-in hybrid with the model and year in the chart below, to see how long it takes to charge your EV battery.



Model & year

Max charge rate

Battery size

Charge time on Level 1

Charge time with JuiceBox 32

All electric range

2021-Present BMW 330e
3.7 kW
12 kWh
8.3 hours
1.5 hours
23 miles
2020-Present BMW 530e
3.7 kW
12 kWh
8.3 hours
1.5 hours
21 miles
2020-Present BMW X5 xDrive45e
3.7 kW
24 kWh
17 hours
3 hours
30 miles
2023 BMW XM
7.4 kW
25.7 kWh
18 hours
3.3 hours
30 miles

BMW EV and PHEV charging stations

Charge faster, smarter, cleaner with JuiceBox


The JuiceBox 48 is a great choice to use as your BMW EV charger while the JuiceBox 32 is ideal if you own a BMW plug-in hybrid. BMW has consistently demonstrated with all of their electric vehicles, that they upgrade models to include larger batteries for longer electric driving range every time they introduce the next generation of that model.


A larger battery means a longer charging time. Therefore, as battery sizes increase, it becomes more important to have an electric vehicle charging station that can deliver enough power to rapidly recharge your battery. Future proof your investment with a high powered JuiceBox smart charger, and you’ll never need to upgrade it in the future when you get your next EV.