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 2021. 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 everyday 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 ground breaking 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 ground breaking 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 Concept i4 in the snow three-quarter front view

Are your ready for a new dimension of electrifying driving pleasure? The BMW Concept i4 is the first purely electric BMW Gran Coupé – and a fascinating example of how the electric drive system has become established at BMW. Equipped with fifth generation BMW eDrive technology, the BMW Concept i4 achieves breath taking performance figures. Driver and passengers can look forward to a tremendous sporty driving sensation that cannot be expressed with figures alone. This almost silent dynamic power development is something that simply has to be experienced. With its outstanding range of up to 600 kilometres, the innovative BMW electric car sets new standards in terms of everyday usability and long-distance capability.
Explore the sporty and elegant design and the modern aesthetics of the all-new BMW Concept i4 and gain an exciting preview of the BMW i4 – the first purely electric series production model in the BMW premium midsize segment, due to enter production in 2021.


Discover the services and apps of BMW ConnectedDrive.

  • BMW Charging Services

    Will I find a charging station in time? The charging services from BMW allow you to stay relaxed. Without leaving your vehicle you can check in advance whether your desired station will be available. In addition to this, you will be offered facilities within the vicinity of the charging station to help make your wait a little more pleasant.

  • Remote Services

    If there is sufficient charge for a longer trip, 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



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): 13.1


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): 14.6–14.0

*The published fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are established according to legislated technical specifications (UNECE Regulation 101/UN Regulation 83 and SANS 20101 standards), which sets out the procedures that are used to measure the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The claimed figures are established using specific tests under standardised, carefully controlled conditions and may differ from consumption achieved under real world conditions with the influences of altitude, road surface, geographic conditions, vehicle options, temperature, humidity, tyres size and driving behaviour amongst others. EU Unladen mass refers to a vehicle with standard equipment, with 90% fuel tank fill, including a driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg). Optional extras and accessories will generally increase this figure and as a result affect some of the technical figures, in specific fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Please contact your preferred authorised BMW dealer or BMW South Africa (Pty) Ltd. for information on vehicles that are available for sale, and the various specifications and options of vehicles that are available.

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