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Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 11:35 am
by TomT
Interesting... BMW used to transport their new vehicles to dealers in enclosed transporters to reduce the incidence of road rash... Apparently economics and cost reductions have won out more recently...
Valdemar wrote:This morning on SB 101 in Agoura Hills.

Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 9:34 pm
by ELROY
Valdemar wrote:This morning on SB 101 in Agoura Hills.

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Just down the road in Camarillo (closest dealership to the port), I saw a customer drive away in his new i3 today.

Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 8:07 am
by TomMoloughney
There is a lot of that going on lately:
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Is the new BMW i3 electric car having charging problems?

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 10:53 am
by 2048Megabytes
Is the new BMW i3 electric car having charging problems? I read the article below and the writer said he could only charge it from 110 volts at home. His 220 Volt charger would not work on the car.

http://cars.uk.msn.com/reviews/bmw-i3-r ... t-review-1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 11:10 am
by evnow
Merged.

Re: Is the new BMW i3 electric car having charging problems?

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 12:12 am
by Beleaf
2048Megabytes wrote:Is the new BMW i3 electric car having charging problems? I read the article below and the writer said he could only charge it from 110 volts at home. His 220 Volt charger would not work on the car.

http://cars.uk.msn.com/reviews/bmw-i3-r ... t-review-1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Well, that's weird. The article is from the UK where they only have 230v so how could he charge it at 110v?

There is also no mention of 110v in the whole article. The article does mention that there were charging problems with the car because it was an early import into the UK but they were resolved with an update from BMW.

Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 3:35 am
by kmp647
A us owner reported his Leviton evb32 (which he used for 2 years with his activeE) would not charge his new I3. His car is fine and charges at the dealer but not on his home unit.
he report clicks and pops but wouldnt charge. (contactors?)

He is now getting a clipper creek HCS40 as BMW reports its been tested and works

I just cant understand why with a standard (j1712) mfr cant get it right. BMW should have tested the cars with lots of docks before selling the car.

the other reports I have seen are all europe and I am not fmailiar with the evse types so not sure how relevant they are.

Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:52 am
by jsongster
Fully read the article... it was an original i3... they updated after he got a new evse and it still wasn't working... so an ugly bit of finger pointing and now it all works and because it was attributed to an old original version of the car... hopefully wont affect the ones we get here in the americas.

Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:43 pm
by evnow
After all these months - finally we had a test drive event in the Seattle area today.

Liked the drive in general - but again re-re-re-confirmed that coach-doors won't work with child seats in tight parking situations.

The one pedal drive and aggressive regen is nice - interestingly the car won't stop even in small inclines. Hmmm ... that removes 50% of roads here.

Seating is high - seems higher because the roof was very close to my head. The dash just stretches in front - seemingly meaningless. Not that awed by the apparent futuristic design there.

A larger 5 seat I car would be interesting - w/ Rex and more EV range.

Re: Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:42 pm
by redLEAF
With some interest from a potential i3 buyer in another thread, saw that the local Chicago area TV commercials added 'see your Chicagoland BMW dealer' at the end of the now so checked on auto trader and sure enough, the Motor Werks BMW dealer in Barrington, IL had a silver one in their remote lot ... must have just come in because it still had the shipping plastic, etc. on it. This was was pretty close to a base model ... still over $43K and no leather seats; although the wheels look like plastic wheel covers, they are alloys and 19" but REALLY skinny, like a motorcycle tire. All the interior shots had too much reflections (sunny day) so didn't post any ... does look better in person than the photos but something to get used to. The 'floating' information centers on the dash look interesting as well ... cheap looking material on the seats on this one though and $550 just for the silver paint ... come on!; $350 for heated seats well OK I guess; still would love to test drive one just to see how it is compared to our LEAF.

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