If you have a BMW i3, then you use the CCS plug. Please ensure that you insert the plug properly.
The charge speed is up to 50 kW. The actual charge speed depends on the state of charge of the battery when plugging in. On average the i3 charges from 30% to 80% in 15 (22 kWh battery) to 20 (33 kWh battery) minutes. Above 80% the charge speed will slowly drop.
Tip: If the connector remains locked when charging is finished you can unlock the connector by using the car keys to lock and unlock the doors. The car will then unlock the connector as well.
How to find the fast charging stations of Fastned?
In the navigation menu of the BMW i3 select the POI-category 'Vehicle' and then 'charge stations'. Then make a selection on the 'Combo' plug and acknowledge this selection. You will then be shown the fast chargers with a Combo-plug in the choosen area.
You can also use the Fastned app to easily find and navigate to our fast charging stations.
- If the vehicle is switched off longer than about 5 minutes before a charge session is started, it could be that the vehicle no longer responds to the fast charger. The solution is to switch on the car briefly to 'wake up' the vehicle. After that, can you start the charge session again.
- In case the CCS-plug remains locked in the car, then unlock the car with the key. Is the CCS-plug still locked? Then wait a bit until the car releases the plug; this may take a few minutes.
- While charging you can switch on the car without problems to make use of the climate control.
BMW i3 without fast charge option
An i3 without fast charge option can also charge at Fastned. However, it will take much longer since the charge speed is limited to 3.6 kW. This means that a full charge can take 6 hours.
Because of the AC-cable is quite heavy, you should support the cable a little bit while starting the charge session so the car can properly lock the AC-plug. Once the cable is locked and the car is charging, you can let go of the cable.
Note: BMW has several plug-in hybrids that unfortunately do not support fast charging. Read more about it.