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by robthebold
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Pondering the notion of using an i3 as the basis of a home hydroelectric power setup. Why is this a bad idea...?
Replies: 8
Views: 2965

Re: Pondering the notion of using an i3 as the basis of a home hydroelectric power setup. Why is this a bad idea...?

The i3 has a differential, so I guess that means you'll have to lock the opposite wheel in order to generate power.

And also since it sounds like you already have a waterwheel in your mill, environmental concerns are "grandfathered in".
by robthebold
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Car in Park: Rollback Damage?
Replies: 9
Views: 3995

Re: Car in Park: Rollback Damage?

Even in a traditional ICE powered car, I'd be a little worried about just rolling back against the parking pawl. Welded to the bell housing or not, I'd think you could break it off in the worst possible circumstance if you don't engage the parking brake. And why find that out in the harshest possibl...
by robthebold
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How much do charging stations cost in your area?
Replies: 17
Views: 4460

Re: How much do charging stations cost in your area?

The paid level 2 chargers around here are $.234/kWh. The free stations are considerably cheaper. The best deal is the free DC Fast charger across from our favorite library -- when it works. Second best is the not-quite-as-fast DC Fast charger at the dealership. That comes with coffee, and almost al...
by robthebold
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: How much do charging stations cost in your area?
Replies: 17
Views: 4460

Re: How much do charging stations cost in your area?

The paid level 2 chargers around here are $.234/kWh. The free stations are considerably cheaper. The best deal is the free DC Fast charger across from our favorite library -- when it works. Second best is the not-quite-as-fast DC Fast charger at the dealership. That comes with coffee, and almost alw...
by robthebold
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 18 inch versus 20 inch tires
Replies: 4
Views: 2053

Re: 18 inch versus 20 inch tires

Physics is pretty hard-donkeyed about that. The total contact patch depends only on the weight of the vehicle and inflation pressure. Any persistent imbalance would result in the car being sprung off the face of the earth or sinking into its infinite depths. So for a constant inflation pressure -- r...
by robthebold
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Remove/disable charging plug lock?
Replies: 19
Views: 10193

Re: Remove/disable charging plug lock?

You don't want to be in a situation where you could pull out the high voltage DC connection without shutting off the circuit first. You could draw a really nice arc that wouldn't quickly self-extinguish when it returned to zero like AC would -- because DC doesn't cross 0V periodically. That might be...
by robthebold
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Ideas for protecting rear seats when folded
Replies: 2
Views: 1477

Re: Ideas for protecting rear seats when folded

Please post a photo and your impression when you get it. Good luck!
by robthebold
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...
Replies: 32
Views: 17780

Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in My i3...

Darn! I used to just squeeze 10' copper into my allroad, kind of like you're describing, except resting on the passenger side corner of the dash. I hadn't really thought about it until your post. Shoot. It's either going to be out the i3's window, on the roof, in in the Flex. You might still get it...
by robthebold
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...
Replies: 32
Views: 17780

Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in My i3...

I managed to fit an 8.5 foot by 4" cardboard tube in the car. You've gotta fold down both rear seats to get it on the diagonal between the front seats and under the console, but it's possible. A front passenger would need to shift his/her feet a little maybe, but not to the point of discomfort. (If ...
by robthebold
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Blurred vision
Replies: 6
Views: 2826

Re: Blurred vision

I was searching the web to find out wtf that was, thinking it couldn't refer to a tropical hibiscus and had to be some trademark. But no, it is and it does.

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