BMW i3 REx: proprietor’s three years with range-extended electrical automotive

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This week, my 2014 i3 REx turned three years outdated; I picked it
up on Could 21, 2014. For essentially the most half I’ve been very happy
with the automotive.

It’s positively not good, however then once more no automotive is. It has
match my wants and driving calls for completely and I solely wanted to
drive on the vary extender for about 2,700 of the 71,000 miles
that I’ve pushed the automotive.

When the i3 first launched, I used to be upset that the EPA
vary for the BEV was solely 81 miles per cost. I had actually
anticipated BMW to ship the i3 with 100 miles of vary proper
from the beginning.

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In spite of everything, the MINI-E and ActiveE trial lease packages that
preceded the i3 each employed autos that have been able to 100
miles beneath favorable climate situations. 

So when the EPA vary score was lastly revealed, it was clear
that I wanted to get the optionally available vary extender to fulfill my
driving necessities.  After three years, I can positively
look again and say it was the best choice.

I could have solely used the REx for two,700 of these 71,000 miles,
however once I wanted it, I actually wanted it. With out the REx,
there would have been many days once I didn’t use the automotive, for
concern of not making my vacation spot. I’d most likely have about
15,000 much less miles on the automotive than I do now.

2014 BMW i3 REx, scenic New Jersey, Apr 2015 [photo by owner
Tom Moloughney]
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Making an excellent electrical automotive higher

After residing with my i3 for 3 years now, I’ve an excellent
understanding of what I like about it, and what I’d wish to see
improved.

Whereas general I’ve been very happy with the automotive, there are
elements that I’m not essentially keen on.

Listed below are among the issues I imagine BMW ought to change and/or
enhance to make the i3 even higher.

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Extra typical tires

I perceive what BMW was aiming for once they determined to make use of
tall, skinny tires on the i3.

The engineers have been tasked with making the i3 essentially the most environment friendly
automotive accessible; the decreased drag from tires with a smaller
cross-section helped them succeed, and the i3 held that world
title for 2 years.

I’m positive wider tires would have lower slightly into the
effectivity, and maybe price a few miles of battery
vary, however for my part, they might have been price it.

2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automotive at three years
[photo: owner Tom Moloughney]
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Higher rubber would enhance the dealing with and provides the automotive a
extra planted really feel. The i3’s tires are so skinny that from time to
time they have a tendency to get caught in irregular grooves within the
pavement, requiring the driving force to make a correction. 

Additionally, the dearth of a giant contact patch makes the automotive really feel
skittish at freeway speeds, particularly in windy
situations. 

They’re additionally seemingly extra susceptible to sidewall injury, and even
to choosing up highway particles like nails & screws. It could be
arduous to show, however a whole lot of i3 homeowners complain concerning the
frequency of flats they’ve skilled.

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I too have been hit by i3 flats; I’ve had a complete of
six flat tires in my three years. I don’t assume I’ve
had greater than six flats complete over 30 years of driving. So I’ve
both had exceptionally unhealthy luck, or there’s one thing about
these tires that makes them extra susceptible to wreck.

The i3 is the only automotive that makes use of these unusually sized tires,
so they are not made in excessive quantity, and therefore not at all times
accessible.

Some BMW i3 homeowners have reported ready three to 4 weeks
for his or her supplier to get tires into inventory.

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