Goguy wrote:Hi all,
My commute is 115 miles each direction , the first 10 is street and the rest is all freeway at 75mph. Will the i3 capable of such commute without stopping to recharge? I have access to level 2 charging at home and work.
spinball wrote:I think it could work, but IMO as someone that's owned two i3 REx's, this is completely the wrong car for your application. Driving 200 miles weekdays at highway speeds should have you choosing a comfortable highway cruiser, not a "city" car with narrow tires and darty steering characteristics.
If you haven't already done so, be sure to test drive one in this condition (preferably on a windy day at 75 mph) before you take the leap.
I have to agree, we are pushing the limits on our REX now, my wife has to drive 50 miles round trip to drop our son off to school in the morning. Then make the same trip 6 hours later to bring him home. She is purely on surface roads with speeds from 30-60 mph.
We have a stage 2 charger in the garage at home. She charges back up to 100% between trips on M-W-F on Tues and Thurs we have to lean on the REX to finish the day. We did hack in the Euro specs to the car for the larger gas tank and ability to hold charge on battery higher than 6%.
We noticed the REX keeps up fine on surface streets, running at 75 MPH it falls behind and we can watch the battery drain at highway speeds slowly even with the REX engaged. I also do not believe the i3 gets 45MPG on the REX alone especially at 75 MPH it seems more like 30MPG.
If I were driving 115 miles in one direction I would look into a hybrid like a Prius or Honda Hybrid, or a Diesel.