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Charging the BMW i8.
In addition to various assistance services and options for flexible mobility, the comprehensive service package 360° ELECTRIC also offers an innovative charging concept. The BMW i8 can be charged at home very conveniently with the BMW i Wallbox or the charge cable – and, if required, also with sustainably generated electricity with solutions from BMW Green Energy. A growing number of public charging stations are available on the roads, with access being obtained easily and conveniently using the ChargeNow card. The BMW i8 can easily find the nearest charging station thanks to innovations such as the fully connected BMW i ConnectedDrive services for navigation.
At home you can charge the BMW i8 very easily with a BMW i Wallbox Pure or Pro. These charging stations, which are mounted on the house or garage wall, not only complement the unique design of the BMW i8 vehicles optically, but also charge the BMW i8 much faster than is possible with the charge cable supplied as standard – consequently, with the Wallbox Pro, the BMW i8 is can be charged to 80% of its full capacity in less than two hours.
The installation service offered by BMW i will be glad to carry out an on-site check to see whether the BMW i Wallbox Pure or Pro can be mounted on your house wall and connected to your electricity supply. Qualified electricians from the BMW i installation partner will also take care of delivery, installation and commissioning on request. Using the online quick-check, which you can access via the link below, you will be able to find out in advance whether is it possible to install the BMW i Wallbox in your home. And because BMW i advocates complete sustainability in e-mobility, a green electricity contract with a selected BMW i Partner can also be arranged for you on request, or you can generate your own energy with a solar carport organised by BMW i.
* Depending on the local electricity infrastructure.
The BMW i Wallbox is a home charging station for private users which allows them to charge their BMW i8 safely, quickly and easily.
The Pure model, one of two available options, ensures that the charging process is uncomplicated and reliable. As soon as the vehicle is connected with the Wallbox via the charge cable, the process starts automatically, but can be interrupted at any time by pressing the stop button. With the BMW i Wallbox Pure for home installation, the BMW i8 is charged to 80% within a maximum of two hours*.
The second option, the BMW i Wallbox Pro (available as of the 3rd quarter 2014), allows the BMW i8 to be charged to 80% of the maximum capacity in less than two hours*. In addition to the functions of the Wallbox Pure, the Wallbox Pro also has a colour display with touch function for intuitive operation and can store several user profiles. It also allows solar electricity from your own generator (e.g. form the solar carport) to be used for charging and can be easily integrated into local energy management and smart home systems.
With their ergonomic and high-quality emotive BMW i design, BMW i Wallboxes are the perfect match for your BMW i8. Like the vehicle itself, they are also produced to a large extent from recyclable materials. If required, installation can be carried out via the BMW i Wallbox Installation Service.
* Depending on the local electricity infrastructure.
BMW i offers an attractive all-round service for the installation of the Wallbox: with the online quick-check, you can soon see whether the installation of a BMW i Wallbox is possible. Your BMW i dealer can also perform this quick test together with you, if necessary. The Wallbox installation check, which you can order directly from your BMW i dealer, will ensure that your electrical installation and application situation allow the installation of a BMW i Wallbox. The last step is the installation of the Wallbox via the Wallbox Installation Service, which you can order from your BMW i dealer.
A green energy contract gives you the ability to purchase electricity for charging your BMW i8 from regenerative sources – so that not only every journey, but also every charging procedure is completely emission-free. With the product portfolio of BMW Green Energy, you can take advantage of these options very easily and conveniently from one source: from the switch-over to sustainably generated electricity from wind or hydro-electric power to your own energy production through ‘My Green Energy’ solutions at your home (e.g. with a solar power plant). Your BMW i Partner can arrange for a premium solar carport for generating your own electricity.
BMW i has created an innovative concept that also offers ideal charging options for the BMW i8 on the move. ChargeNow, a mobility service from BMW i, is the largest association of mobile charging station providers where the BMW i8 can be charged. This concept also includes ParkNow LongTerm, a supply of long-term parking spaces including charging facilities for i8 drivers in locations such as multi-storey car parks.
The navigation of the BMW i8 supports you during the search for suitable charging options, which are displayed in the vehicle, on the BMW i Remote App and in the BMW ConnectedDrive Internet portal.
ChargeNow offers access to the public charging stations of BMW i Partners. To enable the easy and optimum use of different offers and technologies, BMW i has included a large number of providers in the ChargeNow network. The ChargeNow card permits access and use. At the end of the month, you receive a statement with a clear overview of all your charging operations using the ChargeNow card. Thanks to BMW i ConnectedDrive, all available charging stations are displayed by the BMW i ConnectedDrive services for navigation.
ParkNow Long Term helps BMW i customers find long-term parking options with charging stations in multi-storey car parks near their home or workplace.
This is particularly aimed at customers who are not able to charge their vehicle at home.
Whether all-day, at night or during working hours – ParkNow LongTerm has the right offer to meet your needs.
Charging while driving.
In the non-electric driving modes, the high-voltage battery is charged directly by the petrol engine so that it is available for the boost function. Here most energy is fed into the battery in the SPORT mode, and the energy recovery in thrust and brake phases also reaches its maximum. In the COMFORT and ECO PRO modes, correspondingly less energy flows into the high-voltage battery. And if you are driving your BMW i8 in the HYBRID mode, the high-voltage battery is charged exclusively by Brake Energy Regeneration.
Individual driving behaviour.
The real consumption of the BMW i8 depends entirely on personal patterns of usage. Due to the electrical drive components, individual driving behaviour has a higher influence on petrol consumption than is the case in conventional vehicles. With a fully charged battery, the maximum purely electrical range of 37 km can be fully utilised. If the eDrive button is activated, a purely electrical speed of up to 120 km/h is possible. In the driving modes COMFORT and ECO PRO, the petrol engine is automatically switched on by an intelligent operating strategy, and also for purposes of recharging the battery. In the SPORT mode, the petrol engine is running continuously. Depending on the type of driving and length of the route, this affects the consumption of the BMW i8 – the more often you charge the high-voltage battery by cable or Wallbox, the more you will be able to drive purely electrically and hence reduce the overall consumption.
When driving in the city, the BMW i8 fully exploits the strengths of the plug-in hybrid. Short distances can be covered purely electrically, and operation in the HYBRID mode allows a combined consumption of 2.1 l/100 km with emission figures of 49 g CO2/km. So on city streets, the BMW i8 can be regarded as a genuine three-litre car.
If you use the BMW i8 for daily commuting of approx. 60 to 80 km, the petrol consumption amounts to approximately 5 l/100 km. This means you can enjoy driving pleasure in a thoroughbred sports car every day while at the same benefiting from the same consumption as a compact car.
The BMW i8 also displays a new type of efficiency on long routes. However, depending on the current charge level of the high-voltage battery, petrol consumption will still remain below 8 litres/100 km on the next holiday trip.
If you call up the full power of the BMW i8 in the SPORT mode, the petrol engine supports the battery in the charging process and thus helps to guarantee full system performance at any time. As a result, the overall consumption in practice is up to 12 litres per 100 km – a value that is approximately one third below the figure for a conventional sports car with a comparable performance.
BMW i has developed a sustainable service concept in 360° ELECTRIC, which guarantees you reliable all-round care before and after you purchase a BMW i8 – and which also ensures that you remain mobile in every situation.
BMW i Assistance Services provide a wide range of services that have been specifically developed for BMW i and allow you to relax and enjoy each journey in your BMW i8 even before you set off.
BMW i offers you the right mobility solution for every situation. With BMW Add-on Mobility, you have flexible access to a BMW pool of vehicles with a specific number of usage days, which you can take advantage of if, say, you need to make a long journeys (e.g. you can use a BMW X3 for a ski trip). Your BMW i Partner is happy to make you an individual offer.