jadnashuanh
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:42 pm

websterize wrote:Thanks, Jim. Didn't realize the charging gun was locked in if the car were locked.

I don't remember seeing this mentioned in the owner's manual, but I can tell you from personal experience, it is locked in. On one occasion, no idea why, it would not unlock and I had to find the manual release! It's only happened once, and I could not get it to repeat that fault. If you open the right-hand rear door, down near the bottom towards the rear of the frame, there's a plastic cover...pull that straight out, and there are two pull tabs: one for the door and a second one for the plug release. It takes a fair amount of pull to release the lock - much more than I'd have expected, but I did get it unlocked and make it to my appointment. There is an interlock that will prevent the car from being put into drive if the charging cable is still attached.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

mjk
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:46 am

- Send a text notification if charging is interrupted unexpectedly (say if someone unplugs the i3 at a public station)


I'd like to have text notification upon charging completion. It is helpful when I'm using a public charger so that I can wander off and know when to return to free up the charger for others to use.

I especially like the concept of a notification when the car isn't plugged in by a certain time of day/night; the older I get, the more often I forget things like this.

Also, I've already had the experience at one public L2 charger where the charger's connector was designed not to allow locking. If a notification feature is added, there's no reason not to cover all bases with it. The Plug-In Prius and Nissan Leaf that I had/have both had these notifications.

jadnashuanh
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:18 pm

Supposedly, the next s/w update will unlock the charging cable when the car is fully charged. I do not know if that will be a user settable feature, or generic action. That would preclude you from having to go and unplug once charged, should you want to, as it could be done by that next person that wants to use it (but only once yours has been fully charged, or you unlock the car). If you have the app, you can tell if the car is fully charged, but you have to think about it, then call up the app on your phone or tablet.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

NikNik
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:45 pm

Absolutely need notifications when 1. Forget to plug in, 2. Charging fault, 3. unplugged prior to full charge, 4. Charge complete.

Need to be able to charge from the phone.

Improved value charging. By location charging I.e. Set home to value charge but charge now for other stations. Ability to set more complex value charging I.e. Multiple windows in a day and different scheduled depending on day of week.

My Ford Focus electric had all of these features since 2012.

I33t
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:46 pm

Range display on the map in iRemote: This is a bit too basic to be useful, and there is no indication of which drive mode the circle refers to.

Show single and return trip range circles, and have options for Comfort/EcoPro/EcoPro+
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Delivered in Melbourne 4/12/2014. Arrived locally 11/12/14, with 24km on the clock.

a4refillpad
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:55 am

Just something basic like sending you a notification when fully charged would be nice. Rubbish how I need to check.
2015 BMW i3 rex Capparis White - Lodge interior

psquare
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:02 pm

- Setting to disable off peak charging when the car is not at or within range of its home location. Forgot to unset this many times when chargin publicly.
- unmerge off peak charging setting and Departure Time. It makes no sense. The 2 overlap, but are not necessarily dependent.
- overall stability is still terrible. The bug where I lose account info, settings, PIN and vehicle reg has still not been fixed. "Session has expired"
- display car colour and tyres as specified. If the Connected Drive site can do it, why not the native app?
- general point: create an intuitive app, not one that keeps you guessing. What's the "electric range display" supposed to do for example? And why can't I tap on the chargers in range? Considering this app is used by i8 drivers who shell out north of £100k for the car, this is a poor app
- cancel button on the login / fingerprint screen (not one that takes me to PIN entry pad). If the app opens after waking the phone, i dont want to log into I Remote, but check my mail.
- I think I'll stop here...

spinball
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:49 pm

NikNik wrote:Absolutely need notifications when 1. Forget to plug in, 2. Charging fault, 3. unplugged prior to full charge, 4. Charge complete.


#2 is already implemented. I tripped the charging circuit the other day when I turned on my air compressor and I received a push notification on my phone with a message advises there was a charging fault. The app showed a glowing red charging plug.
2017 REx - Platinum Silver - Deka

m6rk
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Re: iRemote app improvements

Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:12 am

Hi everyone,

After 2 weeks/ 1.356 km. of experience, here are my thoughts about iRemote app:

- On the "statistics" page, I would like to see the number of people in the Community. The data is already available & always updated on background.
- On the same page, the last data on the bottom graph is: "All trips: Distance driven on one charge". On my app, this data doesn't show the real max. distance on one charge. Few days ago I did 109 km at +1 deg.C weather temp. on one charge, but it still shows 80km max...
- Co2 calculator: Here, "the amount of Co2 saved if using conventional energy sources" seems odd to me. Let me give you some numbers:

1- iRemote says, I saved 37,3 kg Co2 by driving 1.356 km. (2,75 kg/100 km.)
2- The average Co2 gr/km for diesel engines is 140 gr/km. (14 kg/100 km.)
3- So, if I had my previous car during the last two weeks, a BMW 525 Xdrive, I would release appx. 189.8 kg of Co2 by burning fuel oil in 1.356 km.
4- My average electric consumption for 1.356 km. is 15.6 kWh/100km, so 211.5 kWh in total.
5- If #1 is true, 189,8 - 37,3 = 152,5 kg. of Co2 has been released for generating 211.5 kWh electrical energy by conventional resources.
6- 211,5 kWh/152,5 kg.Co2/1.356km means 15.6 kWh/11,25 kg.Co2/100km... Isn't that huge ???

Probably, the electrical energy is not as clean as we think, if it's not coming from renewable sources...

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Re: iRemote app improvements

Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:45 am

m6rk wrote:Probably, the electrical energy is not as clean as we think, if it's not coming from renewable sources...


Precisely.

That's why I always say that EVs are complex. Tying it up with
a) signing up with a utility company that provides electricity from renewable sources and (if possible)
b) looking into generating your own electricity (PV, wind turbine, hydro, etc)

are very important. Everyone's circumstances are different, but £1500 on a HK audio upgrade and fancy wheels might be better spent if put towards costs of solar panels. ;)

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