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This week, my 2014 i3 REx turned three years outdated; I picked it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 probably the most half I’ve been more than 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 applications that
preceded the i3 each employed automobiles that had been able to 100
miles underneath favorable climate circumstances. 

So when the EPA vary ranking was lastly revealed, it was clear
that I wanted to get the non-compulsory vary extender to fulfill my
driving necessities.  After three years, I can positively
look again and say it was the proper resolution.

I could have solely used the REx for two,700 of these 71,000 miles,
however after I wanted it, I actually wanted it. With out the REx,
there would have been many days after I didn’t use the automotive, for
worry of not making my vacation spot. I’d in all probability 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 a very good electrical automotive higher

After residing with my i3 for 3 years now, I’ve a very good
understanding of what I like about it, and what I’d prefer to see
improved.

Whereas total I’ve been more than happy with the automotive, there are
points that I’m not essentially keen on.

Listed below are a few of the issues I consider 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 after they determined to make use of
tall, skinny tires on the i3.

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

I’m certain wider tires would have reduce a bit of into the
effectivity, and maybe price a few miles of battery
vary, however in my view, 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 an inclination to get caught in irregular grooves within the
pavement, requiring the driving force to make a correction. 

Additionally, the shortage of a big contact patch makes the automotive really feel
skittish at freeway speeds, particularly in windy
circumstances. 

They’re additionally seemingly extra vulnerable to sidewall injury, and even
to selecting up street particles like nails & screws. It might be
laborious to show, however loads of i3 house owners 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 suppose I’ve
had greater than six flats complete over 30 years of driving. So I’ve
both had exceptionally dangerous luck, or there’s one thing about
these tires that makes them extra susceptible to wreck.

The i3 is the only real automotive that makes use of these unusually sized tires,
so they don’t seem to be made in excessive quantity, and therefore not all the time
accessible.

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

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