The All-Electric BMW i5 Saloon: The Complete Guide For The UK

BMW i5
Price: £74,105
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 83.9 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 284 - 357 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leading global automotive manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. BMW is well known for its portfolio of luxury vehicles, to include the famed Rolls-Royce luxury cars. The group manufacturers a number of cars under its BMW brand, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

The BMW i3 EV is an excellent example of a successful pure electric car. The company currently has the following portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs):

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The All-Electric BMW i5 Saloon

BMW continues to build on its EV experience curve with the introduction of the all-electric BMW i5. The best-selling BMW 5 Series has been manufactured since 1972 and the executive car is currently in its eight-generation.

The 5 Series has proved to be a remarkable success for BMW, after the 3 Series range. As of 2023, more than 10 million units of the iconic BMW 5 Series have been manufactured. The latest generation 5 Series is now available as a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) and a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). BMW is expected to introduce the 5 Series plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) variant in 2024.

The all-electric BMW i5 is manufactured at the BMW Dingolfing plant in Germany, which also manufacturers a number of other BEV models, to include, the all-electric BMW i7 and the all-electric BMW iX. BMW remains committed to a sustainable approach to sourcing and manufacturing.

Interestingly, up to 30% of the components are recycled material. The company claims that the latest-generation 5 Series has a 58% lower lifecycle carbon footprint compared to the previous generation.

According to the company, “Using electricity from renewable sources in the supply chain is an important lever for achieving CO2 savings. The BMW Group has already concluded more than 400 supply contracts that include the use of green electricity’. Of course this is not unique to BMW. Other automotive OEMs are also adopting a similar approach!

The pure electric i5 is positioned between the all-electric i4 and the all-electric i7. For company car executives and families keen on an environmentally-friendly premium pure electric saloon, the four-door BMW i5 has much to offer. The premium electric car is available in one EV battery size (83.9 kWh) with a claimed zero-tailpipe emission electric range between 284 and 357 miles (WLTP).

The eDrive40 M Sport and the eDrive40 M Sport Pro have a claimed range up to 357 miles, while the top of the range M60 xDrive has a claimed range up to 315 miles. The EV incorporates an onboard heat pump as standard to improve vehicle efficiency.

Of course, the claimed range needs to be adjusted for real-world driving conditions. For the eDrive40 M Sport and the eDrive40 M Sport Pro variants, expect a real-world e-range closer to 300 miles, while for the M60 xDrive, a 260 miles electric range is more realistic. In comparison, the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQE saloon has a 90.6 kWh onboard with a claimed e-range up to 384 miles. Adjusting for real-world driving, the EQE should be able to achieve up to 325 miles on a full charge.

Despite the premium price tag, BMW offers DC charging only up to 205 kW DC. By way of comparison, the cheaper Hyundai IONIQ 6 saloon offers up to 350 kW DC as standard. Nevertheless, given the current public charging infrastructure, 205 kW DC is suitable. The i5 can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. Put another way, an additional 97 miles range can be added every 10 minutes. For those new to DC charging, follow this link to learn more.

The EV also offers a three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard, with an option to upgrade to a 22 kW AC onboard charger. However, given that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, home charging will be limited to single-phase EV charging.

For those with access to 3-phase (11 kW) AC EV charging, the BEV can be fully charged in 8 hours and 25 minutes. Single-phase EV charging will take longer!

Though the BMW i5 is not as aerodynamic as the Hyundai IONIQ 6 (drag coefficient Cd: 0.21), the i5 sleeker design offers a Cd: 0.23 drag coefficient. The more aerodynamic an electric vehicle (EV), the lower the air resistance and higher the electric range! BMW also utilises lighter weight materials to increase vehicle efficiency. These include, high-strength steels, aluminium doors, density-reduced plastics and more!

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive (RWD) i5 eDrive40 M Sport and Sport Pro can deliver 0-62 mph in 6.0 seconds, with a top speed up to 120 mph (max power: 340 hp/ torque: 400 Nm). While the all-wheel drive (AWD) M60 xDrive can achieve 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed up to 142 mph (max power: 601 hp/ torque: 795 Nm).

The eDrive40 and the M60 xDrive use the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology. The EV offers as an option, a trailer tow hitch with a towing capacity up to 2,000 kg.

The latest-generation 5 Series is longer by 97 mm (5,060 mm), wider by 32 mm (1,900 mm) and taller by 36 mm (1,515 mm) compared to its predecessor. The wheelbase has also been increased by 20 mm to 2,995 mm. The boot capacity is 490 L. The EV offers ample headroom and legroom for passengers.

There is an option for a panoramic glass roof which has a viewing area 90% larger than the predecessor model. In terms of the interior, in keeping with the broader trend in the automotive industry, the BMW i5 has a fully vegan interior, Veganza. It is the first BMW to offer a fully vegan interior!

The EV incorporates the BMW curved display, which includes a 12.3″ information display and a 14.9″ control display. These operate on the latest BMW Operating System 8.5. There is also a host of technology on offer, as standard equipment and options. Some of these include: highway assistant, distance control, lane control assistance, parking assist and more! Of course, the EV offers smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

According to BMW, “As a world first, the Active Lane Change Assistant in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan can be controlled by eye confirmation”. Also worth noting that the EV has a camera placed in the interior of the vehicle to capture special moments while stationary or driving.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax rate for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! You can lease electric cars via e-zoomed at very competitive rates!

Available as both rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) variantsCheaper alternatives available
Onboard heat pump as standard DC charging limited to 205 kW DC
Three-phase (11 kW) onboard charger as standardAll-wheel drive only available on the top trim


The All-Electric BMW i5 Saloon (credit: BMW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Saloon
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
BMW i5 eDrive40 M Sport (from £74,105)
BMW i5 eDrive40 M Sport Pro (from £77,105)
BMW i5 M60 xDrive (from £97,745)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 83.9 kWh
Charging:205 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 30 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1515
Width (mm):1900
Length (mm):5060
Wheelbase (mm):2995
Turning Circle (m):12.3
Boot Capacity (L): 490

BMW i5 eDrive40 M Sport
EV Battery Capacity:83.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):312 – 357 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.3 – 3.9
Charging: 205 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 30 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
Top Speed:119 mph
0-62 mph:6.0 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):250
Max Power (hp):340
Torque (Nm): 400
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,205
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

BMW i5 eDrive40 M Sport Pro
EV Battery Capacity:83.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):312 – 357 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.3 – 3.8
Charging: 205 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 30 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
Top Speed:120 mph
0-62 mph:6.0 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):250
Max Power (hp):340
Torque (Nm): 400
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,205
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

BMW i5 M60 xDrive
EV Battery Capacity:83.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):284 – 315 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.0 – 3.4
Charging: 205 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 30 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs and 25 mins)
Top Speed:142 mph
0-62 mph:3.8 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):442 
Max Power (hp):601
Torque (Nm): 795
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,380
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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