cwerdna wrote:To put it simply, the i3 REx is a POS from a reliability POV.
Surely a gas engine is never as reliable as an electric motor, in particular in a newly designed vehicle.
I do not recommend anyone lease or buy an i3 REx. If they really want an i3, they should get the BEV version and consider only leasing. If they buy, dump when the warranty's over.
This is an issue with bad implementation or bad design. It does not invalidate the minimalist engine serial EV (MESEV) concept.
Because the engine is so wimpy and underpowered, unless you "code" it, you would NOT want to take it up uphill grades at highway or even leisurely speeds.
The idea of the Rex is not to travel. The idea is to find a charging station or get back home.
But I fail to see why it is underpowered at 25 kW. At 55 mph highway, consumption is on the average 15 kW. In the city, that can drop to 5 kW depending on traffic. As long as the Rex can be turned on at will, it should have enough time to charge the battery, even at 5 kW.
The fact that CARB restricts the Rex to 5% SoC indicates the utter stupidity and incompetence of the regulatory planner. Instead of enabling EVs through a proper working Rex, they are disabling EVs by inducing range anxiety in the population. Just shows how simplistic thinking and out of touch these government bureaucrats are in their zeal to over-regulate. Again, if the intention is to stop an SEV from becoming a hybrid, then underpower the engine to 5 kW.
People drive dangerously on the highway all the time. For an i3 to limp along at 35 mph on a steep highway grade, is as bad as someone driving 85 mph on a highway. How often do we see someone over-speeding? A lot more often than someone under-speeding. Just because a few i3s caused issues on a highway with under-speeds, should not invalidate the concept. Besides, highways do have minimum speed limits.
SL-QC, #5000+ blue - Delivery June 20, 2011 the day after the Calif. $5000 rebate ran out to $2500. Coincidence? Nah, dealer ***** Nissan is front-running.