Thinking of making the switch from a gas-powered vehicle to an all-electric or plug-in hybrid BMW? Plenty of Corona drivers are drawn to the efficiency and eco-friendliness of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, but some might feel a little apprehension about charging an electric vehicle. Keeping your electric vehicle charged up for trips to Riverside is simple and convenient, whether you’re at home or on-the-go! Join us below to learn the important details for how to charge an electric BMW!
Charging your electric vehicle can be done in your own garage, in the parking lot while you’re at work, or even while you’re out grabbing groceries! Public charging stations are growing increasingly common across the United States, especially in urban areas, so it’s easier than ever to stop and charge up when you’re out and about in Ontario.
Finding the nearest public charging station is simple in a BMW. Open BMW ConnectedDrive on the in-vehicle display, then select BMW Online. Next, select Charging Stations. You’ll be presented with a list of all the charging stations near your current location – select your preferred location, and the navigation system will take you there! There are also numerous smartphone apps designed to help locate electric vehicle charging stations.
Depending on the size of the battery and the maximum charging output, the time for charging an electric vehicle will vary. In the BMW i3 – a full-electric vehicle – charging to 80% capacity at a public charging station will take about 40 minutes. If you have an at-home Wallbox installed, charging the BMW i3 to 80% capacity takes about 5 hours. You can use the My BMW App to view the charging progress.
BMW electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are equipped standard with an Occasional Use Cable, which is designed for at-home or emergency charging and is compatible with any standard 120-volt wall socket. This is most ideal for overnight or weekend charging because it takes about 20 hours to get a full charge.
For faster at-home charging, consider having the available BMW i Wallbox installed. This brings your at-home charging up to Level 2 with a 240-volt outlet, installed by a licensed electrician. With the Wallbox, charging the all-electric BMW i3 to 80% takes just 5 hours. BMW plug-in hybrid models, like the X5 xDrive45e SAV®, can be charged in about 7 hours or less.
If you have additional questions about charging your electric vehicle or would like to learn more about BMW electric and plug-in hybrid models, the team at BMW of Murrieta is here to help! Contact us to start a conversation today, and be sure to check our website frequently for more BMW electric information.
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