ElVerde wrote:For Clarity: I am renting the house...that's why I don't want to install it.
The German Shepherd is going ALL THE WAY in the back, not in the backseat
The more I research, the more the all-electric makes more sense.
I edited out a few statements as I am only responding to these.
A German Shepherd is _not_ going to fit in the very back, that just isn't happening unless you like to fold your dog into a duffle bag. I have a 60# lab mix, it would be impossible to get her behind the back seat. Perhaps a Maltese would fit, or maybe a Corgi...but a shepherd? Ha! In order to carry your dog you will have to fold down the back seat, and then every time you left off the gas and it kicks into regenerative braking the dog will fall forward and get 2 legs stuck between the front seats and the top of the folded down backseats.
An EV only makes sense if you can charge at home or the office _consistently_, as soon as you have to be reliant upon charging outside of those locations they lose all practicality...unless the EV range is long enough that you could truly make it many days without _needing_ to charge.
I would avoid the REx, I have one and _hate_ the REx part of it. It is an unnecessary annoyance that the dealer "sold" me into, it annoys me every couple of weeks when the idiotic maintenance cycle runs...and with your short driving it will only be more aggravating as it will never complete a cycle, so every time you get in the car will be this stupid flood of messages that you have to dismiss until it can complete a maintenance cycle.
Perhaps I am just bitter, as this is my first BMW and almost guaranteed to be my last. Between having a bad experience with a dealer (that everyone else loves, or at least every BMW fanatic does). The i3 is an OK car as long as you don't expect all of the gadgetry you are paying for to work consistently. The "Adaptive Cruise" mostly adapts into not working at least 30% of the time, which should also make you wonder how reliable the safety features that share the camera truly are. The software design around the REx is entirely horrible, why should I be backing out of my driveway and have a stupid warning gong and message blockout the backup camera to tell me that I can continue my trip...again, if I don't need to _worry_ about the maintenance cycle why do I need repeated popup dialogs that blank out whatever I am doing (Nav, backup camera, self-parking, etc). The back seat is entirely stupid geometry if anyone plans on using a car seat of any form, and entirely a compromise in safety for any occupant of the car seat.
Just know what you are getting, I would personally suggest anyone that cannot reliably charge at home to avoid an EV. All of the convenience goes away if you cannot consistently get a full charge at home...as being reliant upon a charge network is 100X worse than having to stop for gas.