BMW 330e

BMW 330e

For EV Chargers & Cables, see "Products for BMW 330e". 


The BMW 330e has a 12 kWh battery, powering it to a real world range of 31 miles. The BMW 330e uses the Type 2 charging standard, which is used for all charging requirements. The BMW 330e has no rapid charging capabilities. The Type 2 inlet is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. The BMW 330e`s charging inlet can be found on the left side - front.

Slow / Fast: Type 2
Max AC 1-phase rate: 3.7 kW
Max AC 3-phase rate: 3.7 kW


The BMW 330e is capable of both slow and fast charge speeds. Slow charging occurs via a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, while fast charging will require a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which may be included with your vehicle when first purchased. Alternatively, a tethered charger can provide fast charging.

To charge your BMW 330e, the driver will plug the connector into the inlet. The car communicates with the charging unit to ensure that the connection is not faulty, verify the power supply, and that it is safe to begin charging. Home chargers/workplace chargers will not require any additional actions, the vehicle will begin charging automatically.

On the other hand, public chargers will require an activation process – this may be in the form of an RFID card or app. Alternatively, pay-as-you-go chargers would require the user to present their contactless card. The vehicle will start charging automatically, after verifying connectivity and account checks.

How long does it take to charge a BMW 330e?

The BMW 330e features a 1-phase 3.7 kW onboard charger for Type 2 AC charging. The on-board charger may have a higher, 3-phase capability but this is not useful when charging at home, because the vast majority of household electrical supply’s are 1-phase. Connecting to a fast charger that has an output higher than 3.7 kW is not a problem, however, the BMW 330e will only be able to charge at up to 3.7 kW. The following table shows approximate time to charge an BMW 330e, which accepts power up to 3.7 kW AC. Times are for a 100% charge.

Rapid 100kW

Rapid 50kW

Fast 22kW

Fast 7.4kW

Slow 3kW



3 hours

3 hours

3 hours


Furthermore, please note that figures shown above are a guide. There are a variety of factors that may impact the charging time for your BMW 330e – for starters, charging from 0% should be a very rare occurrence, meaning charge times are not entirely indicative. Other factors include temperature, current charge in the vehicle, as well as safety restrictions mentioned above which protect your battery life.

Costs of charging a BMW 330e:

Costs for charging a BMW 330e, with a standard 12 kWh battery, are shown in the table below. Please note that these figures are estimates and depend on factors such as battery capacity and health, age of the battery, and current remaining charge. They also assume a standard tariff of 28p/kWh for home charging.

Type Avg. Cost to Charge Cost per mile
Home £2.98 9.62p
Public Rapid N/A N/A

Public-network charging for BMW 330e:

Public EV charge points are widely available in the UK. Some charge points are free to use, however, most require payment. Payment method varies between networks, however most require an account to be set up before use, with access being provided through either an app or RFID card provided by the network.

Recently, networks have begun installing contactless card readers, meaning some charge points may not require an account and app/RFID card to be used.

Charging tariffs are comprised of a connection fee (usually a flat rate), cost per charging time, and/or cost per energy consumed.

Home Charging for BMW 330e:

The BMW 330e features a Type 2 connector, meaning you will need a Type 2 home charge point, or a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable. Vorsprung offers the following solutions:

The Vorsprung Smart WallBox Type 2 is a tethered charge point for your home, with an output of 7.4kW at 32A. The Smart Wallbox features an app that connects to your charge point, allowing for scheduled charging, different charge modes, and more!

The Vorsprung Wallbox Type 2 features all the same features with the key exception of the app integration. Simple and straightforward, it is a plug-and-play solution.

The Vorsprung Untethered Socket is a Type 2 socket – this solution is great for those who already have a cable, or those who charge on public networks frequently, as it allows for you to use one cable for both public and home charge points. The Vorsprung Untethered Socket outputs up to 7.4kW.

The Vorsprung 3-Pin to Type 2 Charger is the traditional home-charger solution – simply plug it in to your standard UK-3-Pin outlet! The Vorsprung 3-Pin to Type 2 Charger features an amperage selector, meaning you can choose between 6A through 13A for charging.

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