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by robthebold
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Charge while on vacation?
Replies: 16
Views: 7667

Re: Charge while on vacation?

Yes. That's their advertised -- and really only -- use. Ah, that make more sense now. Essentially dedicated parking spots for electric cars. :D ^^^Exactly that. And the spots are right next to one of the warming hut bus stops, too. Only thing closer is the handicap stalls. My wife doesn't really lo...
by robthebold
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Charge while on vacation?
Replies: 16
Views: 7667

Re: Charge while on vacation?

I leave mine plugged in at the airport so I've got a full battery for the ride home. :o So you leave your car taking up a public charge spot while you are out of town, blocking it from anyone else's use? Yes. That's their advertised -- and really only -- use. No one's gonna be parking at the airpor...
by robthebold
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Charge while on vacation?
Replies: 16
Views: 7667

Re: Charge while on vacation?

I leave mine plugged in at the airport so I've got a full battery for the ride home. Kinda nice to land and get a text saying your car finished charging while you were in the air. At this point, the charger and the public charging station both shut off. So it's technically "plugged in" but there's n...
by robthebold
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: What is the roof like with a moonroof?
Replies: 7
Views: 3906

Re: What is the roof like with a moonroof?

Yes, the roof panel between the glass pane and the rear hatch is carbon fiber, just as with the non-sunroof version. In the interests of accuracy, the i3 sunroof is not a t-top. Actual t-tops have two removable panels, either solid or glass. To be pedantic, I think this is more in the interest of p...
by robthebold
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: What is the roof like with a moonroof?
Replies: 7
Views: 3906

Re: What is the roof like with a moonroof?

Is it still a carbon fiber roof with a moonroof in it? Or is the whole roof steel? Or other? The non-glass part of the roof is not steel. It feels more like the paneling on the rest of the body. It runs from what would be the B-pillar back to the hatch, a little more than 1/2 the total area of the ...
by robthebold
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!
Replies: 23
Views: 8485

Re: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!

Thanks for the really helpful reply! Great point on the tires...I hadn't even thought about that. I wondered how this tiny car would perform in the snow (and adverse conditions in general), so any thoughts on that would be appreciated. We don't get dumped on (and it's not like my Nissan is built fo...
by robthebold
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!
Replies: 23
Views: 8485

Re: Would you buy a used, 2016 REX as your first EV? AKA, help me decide!

If your upper limit is $30k, you could look newer than a 2016 i3 I think. Off-lease models are worth looking at. My wife finds my i3 to be too utilitarian -- I think the lack of power seats is the big thing. But the "his and hers" sunroofs impressed her. (To me, it's a T-Top, but I'm a few years old...
by robthebold
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Paint roof white ?
Replies: 12
Views: 4629

Re: Paint roof white ?

When parked, the BMW cover does help keep the interior cooler. If you aren't a neat freak and must fold it back into its pouch when finished, it doesn't take much time to install or remove. It takes care of a good portion of the roof and all of the front windows (windshield and front doors). What a...
by robthebold
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Paint roof white ?
Replies: 12
Views: 4629

Re: Paint roof white ?

I'm curious to see if a solar panel array can be installed on the roof. The array can charge the batteries and reflect the IR radiation. TL;DR doesn't look promising. This is all totally back-of-the-envelope stuff with nice round numbers . . . Even using rather . . . uh . . . sunny assumptions abou...
by robthebold
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Portable EVSE Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 7089

Re: Portable EVSE Recommendations

really shouldn't be a problem to install back-to-back outlets You could also just add a splitter. https://www.amazon.com/Parkworld-886603-Splitter-Receptacle-4-Prong/dp/B07CVSSYQL/ref=asc_df_B07CVSSYQL/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312151235663&hvpos=1o4&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8635758754005398217&hvp...

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