Wallboxes & mobile ev car chargers for the BMW i4
Are you looking for the best charging option for an BMW i4? Then you have come to the right place, because you don’t need a BMW wallbox to charge your car. There are many possibilities to charge your car and we help you to make the right choice, step by step.
The BMW i4 needs a Mennekes type 2 plug and the car has a maximum AC charging capacity of 11 kW. This means that your car with a wallbox at home will never charge faster than that. In addition, the car has an usable battery capacity of 80 kWh.
Of course, it is also possible that you do not want to use a wallbox but a mobile wallbox or a wallbox with a lower charging capacity. That is why you will find here all the important charging information about the BMW i4.
|230V / 1x10A||2.3 kW||41h|
|1-phase 16A |
|230V / 1x16A||3.7 kW||25h30m|
|1-phase 25A |
|230V / 1x25A||5.8 kW||16h15m|
|1-phase 32A |
|230V / 1x32A||7.4 kW||12h45m|
|3-phase 16A |
|400V / 3x16A||11 kW||8h45m|
|3-phase 25A |
|400V / 3x16A||11 kW *||8h45m|
|3-phase 32A |
|400V / 3x16A||11 kW *||8h45m|
* = Charging speed limited by vehicle
EV charging cable for BMW i4
The BMW i4 has a mennekes connection, so it requires a type 2 ev charging cable. The car has a 3-phase 11 kW charging capacity. It is therefore only possible to use a phase 3 ev charging cable of 11 or 22 KW if you charge 11 kW.
Looking for a charging cable for this car? Then click here.
Wallbox for BMW i4
The electric BMW i4 has a maximum charging power of 11 kW with an usable battery capacity of 80 kWh. This means that charging via a wallbox is advisable. A number of things are useful to know for this. A wallbox with a heavier charging capacity will not charge more than the maximum load capacity of your car, but it can't hurt either. A wallbox with a lighter power is also possible and can be useful, for example, when the fuse box is not suitable for heavy charging. The wallbox will never charge heavier than what it is made for. Wallboxes have 4 charging capacities, provided that these cannot be adjusted yourself:
3.7 kW wallbox (1 phase of 16A): will charge a maximum of 3.7 kW for this car.
7.4 kW wallbox (1 phase of 32A): will charge a maximum of 3.7 kW for this car.
11 kW wallbox (3 phases of 16A): will charge a maximum of 11 kW for this car.
22 kW wallbox (3 phases of 32A) : will charge a maximum of 11 kW for this car
Fuse box connection for the wallbox
Choosing the best wallbox for your BMW i4 depends not only on the possibilities of the car but also for a large part of the fuse box connection. Especially whether you have a 1 or 3 phase connection at home or at work. The BMW i4 can charge on 3 phases and can therefore load the maximum charging capacity (if it is at least 3 x 16A). If you don’t have a 3 phase connection yet, but you will get it in the future. You can still buy a 3 phase wallbox and just connect 1 phase so you can still charge your car in the meantime.
If you have a 1 phase connection, you cannot charge the maximum charging capacity of 11 kW, you will always only charge a maximum of 3.7 kW regardless of the power of the wallbox. You can also read this article from us with more information about the connection in your fuse box.
Mobile wallbox for BMW i4
With a mobile wallbox (also called portable ev charger), you can charge your hybrid or electric car through a normal socket at home. So is the BMW i4. Sockets at home have a power of about 220 volt, depending on your country. A mobile wallbox is equipped in such a way that it can be connected to that power grid.
For your BMW i4 you need to have a Type 2 mobile wallbox. Of course, charging at home via the socket is less fast, but it can certainly be sufficient for hybrid or electric cars with a smaller battery. A mobile wallbox can usually charge 2.3 or 3.7 kW (10 or 16A). Due to the high battery capacity of the BMW i4, we recommend using a portable ev charger mainly as a backup or as an emergency solution.
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