cmj912
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Cold Weather: Thanks Tom M!

Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:15 am

I have found the posts from Tom M extremely helpful especially when dealing with/having questions about cold weather performance. The blog posts I saw also contained VERY HELPFUL little cards and infographs, etc., about battery performance, tips etc. for winter. I was, at first, wary of using the seat heaters over the heat but I've found that the tips are very, very helpful for getting the most range you can when it is cold (it is 9F here today). Putting the car in EcoPro and using the seat heater (one bar is enough...they are very good heaters) with the heat off (after preconditioning the car while it was still plugged in) gets me a pretty good range, all things considered. I'm going to love it when Spring comes and I finally see higher ranges again!

Interestingly, I've been so "range anxious" that I've never let the car get down to the point where it is running on Rex so the tank is still full. I'm going to have to do it one of these days, but perhaps during some time where I'm not watching the odometer to confirm I can stay within the daily mileage for the lease :) and, of course, after we potentially figure out level 2 charging at home.

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Re: Cold Weather: Thanks Tom M!

Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:57 pm

The i3 will automatically run a maintenance cycle on the REx engine after a period of time, but it requires the battery to be less than 75% SOC before it will do that so that there is someplace to put the generated energy. IOW, don't worry about it.
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Re: Cold Weather: Thanks Tom M!

Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:43 pm

You're welcome, thanks for mentioning it. Many first time EV owners really have no idea what to expect or how to help offset the effect the cold has on their range. For those who haven't see the post cmj912 is referring to and are interested, here's the link: http://bmwi3.blogspot.com/2015/10/i3-ow ... range.html
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cmj912
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Re: Cold Weather: Thanks Tom M!

Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:55 am

No problem. I agreed very much with that these tips would have been very helpful to have had during the sale/lease process so that instead of having to worry and search I would have known straight away.
In the Northeast...at least in this area it seems, the dealers are not super "into" the i3. When I had originally asked about the car, one dealer told me "it should be fine in the snow because it is front-wheel drive."

Umm.

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Re: Cold Weather: Thanks Tom M!

Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:03 am

"When I had originally asked about the car, one dealer told me "it should be fine in the snow because it is front-wheel drive."

Facepalm
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cmj912
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Re: Cold Weather: Thanks Tom M!

Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:18 am

TomMoloughney wrote:"When I had originally asked about the car, one dealer told me "it should be fine in the snow because it is front-wheel drive."

Facepalm


Off topic, but where've you got that i3 American football jersey?

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Re: Cold Weather: Thanks Tom M!

Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:49 am

cmj912 wrote:
TomMoloughney wrote:"When I had originally asked about the car, one dealer told me "it should be fine in the snow because it is front-wheel drive."

Facepalm


Off topic, but where've you got that i3 American football jersey?


BMW only made a couple hundred of them and sold them right before the 2015 Superbowl. If you remember they had a big i3 commercial during the game, so these were part of the celebration. Every now and then you can find one for sale on Ebay, if you really want one.
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