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BMW EV First-Time Buyer’s Guide

Date: Oct 20, 2023

2023 BMW i7 Electric charging

If you want to save money on refueling costs, an EV is for you. Don’t want to worry about transmission fluid changes, radiator flushes, and spark plugs? Then perhaps it’s time to buy a world-class BMW electric vehicle to elevate every Portland drive.

See what’s in store with our BMW EV first-time buyer’s guide. BMW plans to expand its fleet of electric vehicles by offering one EV for every internal combustion engine vehicle in its lineup in the coming years. But you don’t have to wait. There are plenty of options on our lot in Tigard right now.

4 Things to Consider When Buying a BMW Electric Car

Shopping for a BMW electric vehicle is a bit different from a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. We’ll go over what to look for in an EV in detail.

Overall Cost of EV Ownership

Owning a BMW EV gives you the opportunity to reduce your overall costs of ownership. Why? You won’t need oil changes and some other fluid changes because there are fewer moving parts. However, you’ll need to keep an eye on the tires and brakes because EVs are heavier than comparably sized internal combustion engine models. 

You’ll also need to install a special home charger to make charging in your Tigard garage much easier. We highly recommend the BMW Wallbox for home charging. You’ll need an electrician to install one in your Tigard garage or carport, but it’s an affordable option and you can charge your BMW EV overnight. 

BMW also offers two years of free DC Fast Charging service with the purchase or lease of a new BMW EV on the Electrify America charging network!

Electric Vehicle Range

The overall range between charges is a huge consideration for BMW EV owners in Lake Oswego. Luckily, BMW EVs get plenty of range when you go for weekend getaways to your favorite beach, resort, mountain, hiking, or outdoor destination. 

See the maximum ranges of popular BMW EVs here for the 2024 model year.

  • BMW i4: Up to 301/307 miles
  • BMW i5: Up to 295 miles
  • BMW iX: Up to 307 miles
  • BMW i7: Up to 321 miles

Map Out Public Charging Locations Near Tigard

The key to long journeys and even Tigard-area driving is to map out your trip with DC Fast Charging stations available to the public. The My BMW App makes this easy! Many major metropolitan areas and well-traveled interstate highways have public charging stations at key locations, making long trips possible.

Prices will vary at these stations because electricity costs, just like gasoline prices, vary from city to city. Also, take into account how often you’ll use the air conditioner or heater because those run on electricity from the EV battery. Extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures may reduce range, so plan ahead for that possibility.

Battery Warranty for EVs

The battery warranty shows you how long you can expect your EV powerplant will last before it becomes inoperable, usually around 100,000 miles. BMW has an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the battery. You won’t have to worry about your EV’s battery pack for several years!

Test Drive Your New BMW EV in Tigard

Now that you know what to look for in an EV, it’s time to experience one of these world-class vehicles when you get behind the wheel. Contact us, call (503) 828-0936, or schedule a test drive with our team. We’re happy to help in any way we can, and we’ll answer any of your questions about EV ownership.

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