edatoakrun wrote:cwerdna wrote:... "Coding" removes the crippling by apparently enabling that feature in US i3's but doing so is likely frowned up by BMW NA and even more likely by CARB (might even be illegal).
Plenty of US i3 REx drivers have "coded" their cars...
I don't think there is any doubt that this is illegal.
And for i3 drivers who applied for and collected the CA BEVx rebates, you can probably add additional civil and/or criminal liability.
The tolerance shown by both BMW and CARB for "coding" is likely to end only after this activity is more widely reported.
Might become be a significant scandal at that point, IMO.
Future WSJ sensationalist headline?
CALIFORNIA PAID $ MILLIONS TO BMW OWNERS WHO CHEATED ON SMOG REGULATIONS
GRA wrote:It will never be a scandal, because having the REx means that people are driving more EV miles, not less...
LeftieBiker wrote:Given how unpleasant the i3 Rex seems to be to drive in Rex mode, I doubt that many people will drive around on the ICE.
I think both of your assumptions are incorrect.
The comment below was posted yesterday:
...I deactivated the legal disclaimer (yea!!!!) and then enabled 'hold state of charge' for the REx. I even set one of the presets on the dash to turn on (or off) the 'hold state of charge function. I then went for a drive, and it all worked like a charm. It was dead simple to do.
With the ability to 'hold state of charge' you can travel between cities where charging infrastructure along the way may not be adequate, but where finding gasoline is easy. It gives you basically unlimited mileage between charging stations as long as you stop for gas...
Liberating your Rex is a necessity, and one which will make the wonderful i3 that much more so, and allow you to use the REx as it was designed to be used and not hamstrung by regulatory compliance...
http://www.mybmwi3.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 37ea7ad584
That statement particularly applies to California.
BMW has claimed to have developed the DC infrastructure on California freeways, but in fact only promoted the installation of single-unit, CCS-only DC chargers, that often supply far lower than the (slow) 24 kW claimed (when they function at all) and at far higher cost-per-mile than by just filling up with gasoline and driving on the REx.
BMW has not only tolerated, but for all practical purposes actually encouraged California i-3 REx buyers to code to enable long gas-fueled trips by evading the BEVx regulations.