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BMW i3 Any owners have any tips for getting best out of it.

Discussion in 'Hybrid, PHEV & EV Electric Cars Forum' started by PRESSTOG, Oct 11, 2016.

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    I have decided to move from an oil burning Volvo V40 to an all singing & dancing BMW i3

    Its my first step into electric so I took the chickens route and went for the range extended version so as to never be left stuck without power.

    Most of my daily runs are 60-80 miles so hoping to do them without resorting to Range Extend. And on days I have longer runs, most of the sites I visit have charge points I can access free.

    Any owners on here have any tips/tricks whats good and what to avoid.

    Picked up a 6 month old Solar Orange one from a BMW Main Dealer.
    Has the Pro Media & Nav Packages, The Park Assist Package, DC Rapid Prep, and the Lodge Interior

    Picking it up tomorrow.. Feel like a kid getting a new toy.

    32Amp External Charge point being fitted at home this afternoon.

    So anyone have anything I should watch out for - Advice appreciated.
     
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    speakev will have plenty of advise.
     
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    Yeah SpeakEv is a good place to go and have a nose around! Make sure you got rfid cards for polar or chargemaster also for the 7kw ecotricity chargers..
     
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    Congrats on the new car, an i3 will cover 80 miles easily in summer on battery power alone, winter might be tight, but if you have the range extender version its no worries.

    Don't get too hung up on public charging, I've pretty much stopped bothering with public charging on my Leaf. Done 10k miles, have cost me £200 in electricity, so basically 2p per mile.

    Enjoy the car and before long your become one of us EV nutters telling the world how good they are..... Just don't test drive any Tesla's, Tesla show rooms are dangerous places and despite the friendly staff before you know it your bank account will be empty :D
     
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    Yeah couldn't agree more had mine for about 3 months now and will tell any one in earshot how good Ev's are...

    Yeah I couldn't afford a tesla so went to the next best thing a tesla built Mercedes B class.. Bloody love the thing...

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    Join the BMW i3 uk group on Facebook. There are some very helpful and extremely bright people on there with a Dropbox full of really good info..
     
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    Cheers Guys & Gals

    Thanks for the info. Joind SpeakEV and the Facebook Group.

    We picked up our i3 today

    Had Wall Charger installed yesterday and picked up the i3 today.

    Very happy so far. I drive like a snail day to day so tend to get a decent MPG
    (Have an Abarth 500 for driving like a nutter).

    Traded in our Volvo V40 D2 for the i3. The Volvo was a lovely car and very economical but jsut had that electric itch that needed a scratch.

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    I really liked the i3 but with 3 kids it was a no go!! I did suggest to the wife we could get good money for the middle child..! Didn't go down to well.
     
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    I had one just for a day as a courtesy car last Thursday and was very surprised by it. The torque is very impressive but I did find I spent the whole time staring at the battery meter!

    I've heard you have to be careful in slippery conditions though as the regenerative braking is aggressive.

    If they bring out the 330e hybrid in tourer form then I will be seriously considering it when my current lease expires but the i3 is a little too small for my family and dog.
     
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    Cheers Guys

    Luckily we sold off our kids already (Sent them to Uni and changed the locks on the house).

    And the dog is so big and fat it would not get in anything smaller than an RV anyway.

    As for watching the battery meter, thats what put me off getting an electric in the past but the i3 with Rex has taken that worry away as there is always the backup power when the battery runs out.
     
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    I think we should get the mods to start a Ev section..?
     
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    If you get enough £££ for the middle child you can than order a Model X. The remaining kids will have loads of room, and the grand parents can be kept happy by been able to see the kids from the 3rd row :).
     

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