Color-Coded Charging - 2014 BMW i3 Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW i3: Color-Coded Charging

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on November 2, 2015

2014 BMW i3

Pop open the 2014 BMW i3's charge port and you'll find a handy list of color-coded icons on the flap that helps drivers discern their EV's current charging status.

If at first glance you don't understand the subtlety of the icons, the i3's owner's manual spells it out as noted below. The "indicator light" referenced is the thin white line located just inside the port along the bottom edge as shown in the photo above.

Display of the Charging Status
The charging status is indicated by the indicator light at the charging port.

Lamp white: charging cable can be connected or removed.

Lamp flashes yellow: charging process is being initialized.

Lamp blue: charging process is started at a set time.

Lamp flashes blue: charging process active.

Lamp flashes red: fault in the charging process.

Lamp green: charging process completed.

When the vehicle is locked, the indicator lamp goes out after some time.

When the vehicle is unlocked, the blue indicator lamp flashes continuously. 

This concludes our charge-status tutorial.

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor

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