The BMW 330e has rapidly climbed the best-sellers charts since its launch, becoming one of the UK’s most popular electric vehicles within 18 months of going on sale. A popular choice for company car drivers in particular, the 330e manages to combine many of the attributes that makes the 3 Series one of the best models in its class, with the low running costs possible with a PHEV powertrain. Available in saloon form, the BMW 330e has an electric range of up to 25 miles on a single charge.
Eligible for the OLEV Category 2 Plug-in Car Grant, new BMW 330e buyers will be receive £2,500 off the OTR price, and likely be eligible for the £500 Electric Vehicle Homecharge Grant too.
Find out more in the below Zap-Map BMW 330e charging guide.
BMW 330e Range
Official NEDC Range
Electric only25 miles
Electric only20 miles
* Combined range using both petrol and electric (from a single full charge)
BMW 330e Charging inlets
Like most PHEVs, the BMW 330e is only able to use slow and fast chargers – there is no rapid charge capability. As such there is one inlet which, in the case of the BMW 330e, uses the Type 2 charging standard.
|Type 2 – Slow & Fast|
BMW 330e Charging times
Below is a table showing approximately how long it will take to charge a BMW 330e. Times are for a 100% charge, but it is worth noting that these times are only a guide as PHEV drivers will often not use an entire charge to complete their journey.
Other factors that might vary the charging time – either reducing it or extending the time taken – include the issue of battery capacities having upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as maximum charge approaches.
The BMW 330e is fitted with a 3.7 kW on-board charger. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a higher maximum output, the BMW 330e will only be able to accept up to 3.7 kW.
|Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW|
|2 hours - 0-100%||2 hours - 0-100%||3 hours - 0-100%|
How much does it cost to charge a BMW 330e?
The table below shows a high level estimate of cost to charge the 7.7 kWh battery pack of the BMW 330e at home – many public points are free.
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge*||Cost per mile|
|Home Standard||14p per kWh||£1.10||5.5 p/mile|
* Approximate cost to charge a BMW 330e from 0% to 100%. Actual cost dependent on charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack.
^ Cost per mile calculated on real-world range for a more accurate figure than one based on official figures.
The BMW 330e should only cost around 4p per mile to run in electric mode, though that’s with a number of variables in your favour. Expect 5p-6p per mile for a more accurate real world cost, presuming that the majority of charging is done at home. Prices for a full charge are almost a worst case scenario, with many charges carried out before the battery of the BMW 330e gets down to 0%.
According to a Zap-Map survey, 85% of EV drivers charge their car at home, making it an important aspect of owning an electric vehicle. The most common level of charge for an EV to get down to before being charged at a public point is 21%-30%, with 60% of drivers surveyed starting charging between 11% and 40%. Only 10% of drivers regularly see a charge of 0%-10% before they start charging, though this figure is likely to be a little higher when considering only PHEV drivers because of the back-up provided by a petrol powertrain.
Charging a BMW 330e on public networks
The BMW 330e is able to be charged from public points, depending on network coverage. Charging will typically require a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, often supplied with the vehicle.
Costs vary network to network, but you can find out more by clicking on the button below, taking you to Zap-Map’s public network pages.
Charging a BMW 330e at home
Buying a BMW 330e will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £500 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.
Costs vary depending on installer and charge point chosen, though you can find out more information by clicking on the button below.
BMW has its own charge unit so doesn’t set up recommendations with charge point manufacturers in the way that some other EV brands do. Chargemaster is listed as an official charging partner though, with literature and information available from the charge point supplier often found in dealerships.
Customers can buy an OLEV approved charge point from any supplier, as long as it is also fitted by an OLEV approved installer OLEV approved installer in order to qualify for the EVHS. Buying a BMW charge point might make life a little easier since the process can be started at the dealership, but it might be worth shopping about beforehand so you know what products and prices are on the market.
How to charge a BMW 330e
The BMW 330e is available with a single charging standard – a Type 2 socket found on the front flank behind the near-side front wheel and in front of the passenger door.
There is one socket for the Type 2 connector, which is used for charging at home or in public. The cables will have a Type 2 connector at one end to plug in to the 330e, and either a typical three-pin plug for any UK mains socket, or a Type 2 connector at the other for a home unit or public points.
This Type 2 connector is used for home charge units and public charge points as the standard across the UK and Europe, allowing drivers to access charge points on the move.
Charging requires the user to simply plug the connector into the port, before the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at some work place charge points, there is no further need to activate the charging process.
In public though, there will usually be an activation process needed. Depending on the charge point provider, this will often be an RFID card or smartphone app, usually linked to an account you have already set up. Once activated, the car and charge point will have the same ‘conversation’ as when plugged in at home, before starting the charging process.