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BMW i5 eDrive40

BMW i5 eDrive40 is an all-electric premium sedan with a WLTP range of up to 581 km (361 miles). has all the details.

BMW i5 eDrive40

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The BMW i5 eDrive40 delivers a solid performance with a maximum power of 250 kW (340 hp / 335 bhp) and a total torque of 430 Nm (317 lb-ft). It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph), making it competitive within its class.

Battery, range, and charging

The high-capacity battery has a gross capacity of 84,4 kWh and a net usable capacity of 81,2 kWh, providing an 3,2 kWh buffer (3.8%) for battery protection. With a nominal voltage of 400 volts, the system is classified as a 400-volt battery system, aligning with industry standards. This Lithium-Ion battery utilizes NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) technology.

Under the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) standard, the vehicle’s range varies between 581 to 498 km (361-310 miles), depending on the specific configuration and options, such as wheel size. Larger wheels, for instance, can increase energy consumption and subsequently reduce the overall range. The vehicle’s energy consumption is rated at 14.0 kWh/100 km for the base model and 16.3 kWh/100 km for the top-tier model under the WLTP test cycle. For more details about the range, see real-world data and range listing on this model’s range and consumption page.

The vehicle supports fast DC charging with a maximum power of 205 kW. Charging from 0% to 100% takes approximately 56 minutes, while a more typical charging scenario from 10% to 80% takes 29 minutes with an average charging speed at 116 kW. Considering an additional 5 minutes for each charging stop due to driving interruptions, the optimal charging range is from 3% to 50%. This results in an effective charging speed, including time lost, of 118 kW, with each charging session taking about 19 minutes and 26 seconds..

In a theoretical 1000 km challenge, starting with a full battery and maintaining a constant speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) under ideal conditions with an assumed consumption rate of 22 kWh/100 km, the trip would take approximately 9 hours and 31 minutes. This journey would require four charging stops from 3% to 46%, with a total charging time of 71 minutes.

Onboard charger

The standard onboard charger supports up to 11 kW for Level 1 and Level 2 AC charging. This allows you to fully charge the battery from 0 to 100% in approximately 7 hours and 22 minutes using a home charging setup.

BMW i5 eDrive40

Charge port

The location of the charge port is on the right rear side. This location makes it easy to use charge stations where you need to back up into the charger. Connector types vary by market: this model uses CCS Combo 1 in North America and CCS Combo 2 in Europe. For complete specifications for all markets, refer to the full specifications.


BMW i5 eDrive40 has a rear-wheel drive system supported by one motor on the rear axle. The motor used are Wound-Rotor Synchronous Motors.


The Adaptive M Suspension suspension has a fixed height and damping. The ground clearance with this suspension is 144 mm.

You can order BMW i5 eDrive40 with an alternative M Sport Suspension suspension. The front suspension employs a double wishbone design, while the rear uses a Multilink setup. The standard suspension includes steel springs and hydraulic dampers.

You can order BMW i5 eDrive40 with an alternative Adaptives suspension professional suspension. The front suspension employs a double wishbone design, while the rear uses a Multilink setup. The standard suspension includes steel springs and hydraulic dampers. The suspension has adaptive damping on the front and rear axle and air suspension on the rear axle that automatically keeps the car leveled depending on cargo weight. The ground clearance with this suspension is 140 mm.


Dynamic steering is a standard feature on the BMW i5 eDrive40. Dynamic steering varies the steering ratio as a function of driving speed. In addition, rear-wheel steering is available as an optional feature. Rear wheel steering reduces the turning circle when going slow.


Regenerative braking

The regenerative braking system in this model offers several modes to enhance efficiency and driving experience. The most efficient option is the Automatic Regeneration Mode, where the vehicle coasts when possible and employs regenerative braking to reduce speed as needed.

Manual regeneration is another mode, where regenerative braking is controlled by pressing the brake pedal. The brake system blends in physical brakes only when necessary.

Another option is the Regen on Accelerator Pedal mode where regenerative braking is activated when the driver eases off the accelerator pedal. This system allows the vehicle to slow down and recover energy without the driver needing to press the brake pedal, a feature often referred to as one-pedal driving. You can choose between two stopping modes for one-pedal driving. Hold mode brings the vehicle to a complete stop using friction brakes, and Roll mode allows the vehicle to roll until it stops naturally.

The maximum regenerative power is 116 kW.


The BMW i5 eDrive40, with dimensions of 5060 mm in length, 1900 mm in width, and 1505 mm in height, falls into F-segment cars, also known as luxury or full-size luxury cars, represent the pinnacle of automotive luxury, performance, and technology. They are typically large sedans or limousines and are designed to offer the utmost in comfort, prestige, and advanced features. The BMW i5 eDrive40 is available in a total of 12 paint colors, including several striking metallic options.

You can select from multiple wheel options in different sizes on the BMW i5 eDrive40, allowing you to customize your vehicle to suit your style and driving preferences. The available tire and wheel combinations include:

  • 245/50 tires on 19" rims
  • 255/45 tires on 20" rims front and 285/40 tires on 20" rims rear
  • 255/40 tires on 21" rims front and 285/35 tires on 21" rims rear

More narrow wheels will improve consumption and give a longer range, while wider wheels will provide better traction and handling.

The car has four regular doors and a boot lid for the trunk. Soft close is an optional function for the side doors.

There are two different roof options to select from. The standard is just a regular roof. As an option, you can order this model with a large panoramic roof extending over most of the areas from the front to the rear. This glass makes the car’s interior feel more spacious and bright, which can improve the mood and comfort of the occupant. It has an electric curtain that occupants can use to protect against the sun.

Additionally, you can order the car with tinted windows from the B-pillar backward, which enhances privacy and reduces glare and heat from the sun, making the interior more comfortable for passengers.

BMW i5 eDrive40


The seat layout is the traditional five seats with two in front and three in the rear.

First row seats

There are two seat types you can choose from for the front row in the BMW i5 eDrive40.

The following functionalities are available on the Sport seat.

The following functionalities are available on the Comfort seats seat.

BMW i5 eDrive40

Second-row seat

The second row has a standard three-seat bench with a 40:20:40 split where you can fold each section separately to increase the cargo space. In addition, the following functionalities are available.

BMW i5 eDrive40

There is only one type of steering wheel available. The stock steering wheel is heated, and you can control the audio system with buttons on the steering wheel.

Climate system

You can choose from two different climate systems. The standard climate system supports different temperatures in two zones for the driver and passenger. The comfort climate system supports different temperatures in four zones for the driver, passenger, and two separate passengers in the back seat. This model has a heat pump as standard. This heat pump can save significant energy that the EV would use for heating in cold weather.


BMW i5 eDrive40 has several features to make your life as a driver or passenger more comfortable.

Keyless entry allows access to the car without needing to find the key. As long you bring it with you, the doors open.

Keyless go makes it possible to start the car without using the key.

The steering wheel is electrically adjustable.

You have wireless charging for your phone.

User interface and control

The BMW i5 eDrive40 has twin screens on a shared frame mounted with brackets on the dashboard. Behind the steering wheel is a digital instrument cluster, and on the right part, there is an infotainment screen. The screen behind the steering wheel on the left of the frame is 12.3 inches large and has a 1920 x 720 pixels resolution. The touch screen at the right part of the shared frame is 14.9 inches large and has a 2880 x 1080 pixels resolution. A head-up display is an optional system that presents speed and other important driver information in front of the driver on the windshield.

BMW i5 eDrive40


You can choose between three sound systems on the BMW i5 eDrive40. With the Hifi Sound system, you get six speakers with a max system output of 100 watts. With the Harman Kardon Surround Sound system, you get 12 speakers with a max system output of 205 watts. With the Bower & Wilkins Surround System, you get 18 speakers with a max system output of 655 watts.

In addition, with the standard in-car navigation system, you get the help you need to find your destination. Furthermore, the BMW i5 eDrive40 supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This functionality allows you to present your phone’s screen in the car’s screen so you can run apps like Google Maps or Waze.

The model has 6 USB-C connections as standard.


You can choose between two types of headlights for the BMW i5 eDrive40. The standard headlights use LED technology. Headlights based on LED Matrix technology are available as an option. LED Matrix is an adaptive system that splits the traditional single headlight beam into dozens of smaller rays that the light controller can turn on and off individually to un-light small areas in front. In addition, the standard taillights use LED technology.

BMW i5 eDrive40

Advanced driver assistance systems

The BMW i5 eDrive40 has several standard and optional advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for better safety and comfort.

Safety systems

The BMW i5 eDrive40 has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) as a standard system. This system helps to prevent a vehicle’s wheels from locking up during braking.

The BMW i5 eDrive40 has an Electronic Stability Control as a standard system designed to improve a vehicle’s stability and handling during sudden maneuvers or slippery road conditions.

The BMW i5 eDrive40 has a lane-keeping assist as a standard system. This system helps to prevent the car from getting out of its lane. In addition, it has a lane departure warning system that warns the driver if the vehicle leaves the driving lane.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert is an optional driver assist system that uses sensors to detect approaching vehicles from the side when backing out of a parking space or driveway.

Forward Collision Warning is an optional driver assist system to help drivers avoid or mitigate frontal collisions.

The BMW i5 eDrive40 has automatic emergency braking as a standard system. This system helps prevent or mitigate collisions by applying the brakes autonomously if the driver fails to react to an impending collision.

Automatic emergency steering is an optional driver assist system designed to help drivers avoid collisions by automatically steering the vehicle in an emergency.

Driving Automation

The BMW i5 eDrive40 offers driving automation on level 1 or 2, depending on the equipment level.

With the Driving Assistant level 1 system, you get the following driving automation features.

With the Driving Assistant Professional level 2 system, you get additional driving automation features to the ones listed above.

Cargo Capacity and Towing Ability

The cargo capacity in the trunk is 490 liters. With the rear seat down, it is 1290 liters. On the roof, you can load up to 75 kg (165.3 lbs). The maxium weight of the car is 2740 kg (6041 lbs), and with the base weight of 2256 kg (4974 lbs), you can max load 484 kg (1067 lbs), including driver and passengers. Some options can increase the base weight and reduce the maximum loading weight.

You can order the car with a towbar. The maximum total weight on a braked trailer is 2000, and on unbraked, it is 750 kg (4409/1653 lbs).

BMW i5 eDrive40

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