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by alohart
Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Recommendations for donut spare tire?
Replies: 16
Views: 9334

Re: Recommendations for donut spare tire?

As far as using a donut spare from another car: who cares if the traction control is confused and the Regen does not work? It's an emergency, just put the spare on and drive carefully home or to a garage. Driving a car without Regen is not a hazardous situation, millions do it everyday. Millions ha...
by alohart
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How do you charge your i3
Replies: 26
Views: 11082

Re: How do you charge your i3

jadnashuanh wrote:IF that is true, you would have 240vac available at the receptacle and if they'd allow, you could replace it with a 240vac, 20A plug, and double your power available.
… or buy one of these.
by alohart
Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Cleaning the high gloss black bonnet/roof/rear
Replies: 7
Views: 6923

Re: Cleaning the high gloss black bonnet/roof/rear

Can a U.S. i3 owner recommend similar products that are available in the U.S.?
by alohart
Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Knowing what you know now. Would you do it all over again?
Replies: 23
Views: 10669

Re: Knowing what you know now. Would you do it all over agai

My situation sounds very similar to jadnashuanh's except that our ICE vehicle, a gasoline-electric hybrid, is >10,000 miles away, so we can't depend on it here :) However, living on an island where long-distance driving isn't possible unless one drives for a living, we didn't consider a REx because ...
by alohart
Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Recommendations for donut spare tire?
Replies: 16
Views: 9334

Re: Recommendations for donut spare tire?

ideally, it would have very similar OD so the handling wouldn't be affected or you wouldn't be twirling the differential constantly if it was needed on the back. The traction control might be confused by a tire with a different OD as it is on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV when one installs tires of a sligh...
by alohart
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How do you charge your i3
Replies: 26
Views: 11082

Re: How do you charge your i3

You'd need a bigger EVSE than 32A if your input voltage was only 208vac. I've got a 60 amp JuiceBox with a 32 amp output cable, but it's on a 20 amp circuit, so I'll be charging at 16 amps, 208 v., or 3.3 kW assuming no voltage drop on my very long (~150') 8 AWG supply lines. That should be plenty ...
by alohart
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Pathetic charging of i3 compared to B Class Electric
Replies: 50
Views: 19477

Re: Pathetic charging of i3 compared to B Class Electric

TonyWilliams wrote:I haven't yet done a range test on the BMW i3, but it appears to be no better than 75 miles with the hybrid gasoline engine and 85 miles without.
Are you planning to do so?
by alohart
Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Where does the headlight power come from?
Replies: 42
Views: 20754

Re: Where does the headlight power come from?

If you don't hear a typical 12 v. starter motor when the REx motor starts, then it's likely that the generator is starting the engine in motor mode. As has been stated, this is the way all gasoline-electric hybrid engines are started, at least above a certain temperature. My hybrid also has a 12 v. ...
by alohart
Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How do you charge your i3
Replies: 26
Views: 11082

Re: How do you charge your i3

Domestic service is more likely 100 amps @ 240 volts, not 208 volts. The service in our apartment is 120Y/208 v. which is common in commercial establishments and in many apartments here in Honolulu. As you say, free-standing houses typically have 120/240 v. split phase power. A downside to 120Y/208...

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