BMW electric cars BMW i3 on the road three-quarter front view




On the fastest track into the mobile future: with electric cars like the BMW i3 and BMW i3s as consistently sustainable and locally emission-free vehicles, today BMW is already making it clear that the brand stands for tomorrow’s mobility. The impressive acceleration and dynamics of the vehicles that offer maximum driving fun, also ensure that sheer driving pleasure is set to remain part of the BMW DNA in the future. At the same time, BMW attaches great value to creating a new understanding of premium with innovative mobility services, inspiring design and visionary drives. And they are taking the next decisive step with the groundbreaking BMW iX3, as the first fully electric SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) of the BMW electromobility offensive, which is launching in selected markets in 2020. Experience electric vehicles and the digital services of BMW Charging that are there to support you with future-oriented mobility solutions in every situation.

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  • How does an electric car work?

    The way in which an electric car functions differs fundamentally from that of a vehicle with a combustion engine in that the motor of an electric car is not powered by fuel but exclusively by electricity. This electricity is stored in a battery, the capacity of which determines the range, in other words, the distance that can be covered with one battery charge.

  • What advantages does an electric car have?

    The advantages of an electric car are primarily as follows: it drives more or less silently and is emission-free when actually driving, i.e. in a very environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

  • Who is an electric car suitable for: families, commuters, city drivers?

    Who an electric car is suitable for depends on the driver’s particular preferences – with an average range of several hundred kilometres, BMW electric cars can definitely exist both in urban and commuter traffic. A BMW i3 or BMW i3s with four seats is a suitable family car as will be the BMW iX3, which is due to launch soon. A plug-in hybrid is ideal for car drivers seeking the greatest possible versatility: firstly, an electric drive for every day use, such as the cost-optimised and sustainable commute to the office. And secondly, maximum range and flexibility for long distances such as for the weekend excursion with the family.

  • What advantages does an electric car have over a hybrid?

    The combination of combustion engine and electric drive means that a plug-in hybrid can in fact achieve a higher overall range than the electric car. On the other hand, a purely electric car does receive the highest subsidies or tax incentives. In addition, it has the lowest level of emissions and is often more economical in terms of servicing and use due to lower insurance prices and electricity costs.

BMW outlook 2023 BMW Concept iX3 and BMW Vision iNEXT in front of a building


The groundbreaking concept cars from BMW.

Today BMW can already look back on 10 years of experience with electromobility in both small and large scale production, with the BMW i models continuously undergoing further development and their technology being used to gradually electrify vehicles of the BMW family. The next step now is to fully integrate the strategic innovation fields of autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES) into the vehicles. In this work, the design provides a structure for the innovation fields and answers the question of how we will experience sheer driving pleasure in the future (D+ACES).

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The groundbreaking concept cars from BMW.


 BMW Concept iX3 studio shot three-quarter front view

The future is electric and with its BMW Concept iX3, BMW is presenting a design study for the first fully electric Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV). Equipped with the 5th generation BMW eDrive technology and a powerful battery, the future series-production vehicle offers a range in everyday use of over 400 km*. The BMW Concept iX3 is therefore making electric driving possible at a new level.

*These are provisional values


BMW Vision iNEXT in front of a forest three-quarter front view

Individual mobility is on the verge of a new era. Topics such as autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity are giving rise to new adventures. The BMW Vision iNEXT is making a bold and positive statement for the future ahead. It drives purely electrically, with a high level of automation and enjoys full connectivity. When travelling in the BMW Vision iNEXT, drivers can choose between taking the controls themselves in “Boost” mode and being driven in “Ease” mode. Thanks to the electric drive, “Boost” mode is highly dynamic, almost silent and emission-free. The interior gains a completely different design and an entirely new status. The BMW Vision iNEXT becomes a place of relaxation, interaction, entertainment or concentration. This makes it increasingly possible to determine how the time during the ride is put to use. From 2021, the series production model will be appearing on the roads as the new technology flagship.

BMW i4.

BMW i4 in the snow three-quarter front view

In 2021, BMW is bringing a purely electrically driven four-door model into the market in the shape of the BMW i4. In addition to an extremely high electric range of up to 600 kilometres*, the vehicle will also be equipped with the new eDrive generation. Thanks to intelligent interplay between electric motor, lithium-ion high-voltage battery and energy management, this groundbreaking drive technology for BMW electric cars and plug-in hybrids optimises every driving situation.

*These are provisional values


Discover the services and apps of BMW ConnectedDrive.

  • Digital Charging Service

    How can I supply my vehicle with electricity during the day and will my BMW still be charged in time before I have to leave? With the Digital Charging Service questions like this will no longer be necessary. This is because the intelligent charging assistant takes care of topping up the battery at the charging station in your home, during the day or night, or from the socket, fully automatically, efficiently and, above all, in an environmentally friendly way. Enter your electricity tariff, your planned departure time and your preferred charging mode in the BMW Connected App. Using this information, the Digital Charging Service will ensure that your BMW is supplied with electricity during the most economical tariff periods and is charged in time for your departure.

    * Only possible in conjunction with the BMW Wallbox.

  • Remote Services

    If there is sufficient charge for a trip into the city, will I be able to find a charging station there? Remote Services provides a convenient means of checking this via the BMW Connected App on your smartphone. You can also use the BMW Connected App to prepare your electric car for departure before you set off. A program installed in the vehicle then automatically sets the battery to the optimum status so that consumption and range can be exploited to maximum effect.

  • Navigation

    One exclusive navigation service for the BMW i3 is the range display, which is located in the navigation map and indicates the range of the electric car in the form of a blue zone. It shows precisely how much farther you can travel with the current charge level. As soon as you enter a destination that exceeds the calculated range, a stop for charging is proposed.

  • Send to Car

    Let’s imagine you have found a destination, want to set off immediately without losing any time at all. It’s all very easy with Send to Car. Look for interesting locations such as your favourite restaurant or the nearest day trip in the “Destinations” section of the BMW Connected App. There you will also find a display of the nearest charging stations on your route. Then click on “Go” or send the data directly to the navigation system of your BMW. When you have clicked on “Go”, the navigation launches automatically as soon as it connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth when you enter the vehicle. When you have sent your desired destination to the navigation system, you will find the address saved under the menu item “Messages”. From there you can activate the navigation immediately or at a later point in time.

BMW plug-in hybrids BMW hybrid vehicle on the road three-quarter front view


BMW charging BMW i3s man at charging station


BMW range BMW i3 against an urban backdrop with woman and child


Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  • BMW i3 (120 Ah):
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.2

    BMW i3s (120 Ah):
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.7

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.

    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification.

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at

    Information provided and images displayed on this site include overseas models and features not available in New Zealand. Please contact an authorised BMW dealer for specific information on vehicles and features available in New Zealand. Product changes may have been made since production of this content.