Greetings all. Before today, I'd never heard of an i3. Now I'm considering myself a future owner after looking at two today.
Long story short, I'm in a position to get free/leftover electricity each month and I can't stand the thought of wasting it, so an electric car is a no-brainer. But also I'm 7'/350, so I was feeling a little lackluster about my options when I headed to the car lots. OMG - the i3 is such a perfect fit. I guess it's the high roofline, but my head doesn't even touch. The seat adjustments create a pretty perfect driving position. No one will ever sit behind me, and the person in the passenger seat would have to either be pretty small, be intimately acquainted with me, or just concede any armrest rights, but I'm completely sold on the fit, and the prices for such low mileage cars seem like a hell of a value. Both of the ones I looed at are 2015s.
I've been researching and researching, but I have some questions. I'm supposed to call the guy back in the morning, and I don't THINK I'm getting either one of his, but I want to be as knowledgeable as possible.
Mostly I'm interested in range. I have two homes 85 miles apart. Both of the ones I looked at today were non-REX models (judging by lack of fuel door). I ran both of the VINs and nothing came back about battery capacity. Is it the case that non-Rex models through 2016 have an 80 mile range, and starting in 2017 they have a 114 mi range? Or are the different battery availabilities more nuanced than that? It seems like I'd either have to have the larger battery and/or the rex to make it back and forth to the two homes, and even then it's almost all freeway, which drops my range, right? Meaning I could need BOTH the 114 mile battery AND the Rex to reliably drive back and forth?
I see you can hack the REX to maintain current capacity. What might be a stupid question - can you run it while you're not driving? Say stop for lunch, run it a half hour/45 minutes, then top it off with gas so you've been charging the battery AND get a fresh tank of fuel?
Can you run different tire sizes on it? Would you want to? Like a lot of people mention in reviews and videos and someone looking at them for the first time - they're pretty shocking looking.
Anything else someone who knows absolutely nothing should look out for or keep their eyes open for?
Thanks for looking!