BMW I3 is extremely dangerous in winter conditions. When Accelerating from a snow covered side street to a BUSY, clear, down to pavement main road, the car will suddenly stop for 3 seconds as if its thinking about what it is about to do. This is enough time that a car can rear-end you.
The inability to flat out disable regen braking in winter weather makes the car a challenge to drive. Who thought that automatic rear wheel braking only on snow packed roads is a good idea? Even when you try to moderate the brakes, the car slides. When you do get acceleration, the car will stop again, as if it is surprised it moved further. It stops, waits 3 seconds, then tries again.
Today, while driving on a road with a posted speed limit of 50, the I3 saw some snow fall from a tree in the distance. (not a lot of snow mind you, certainly not enough to warrant this reaction.) The car lurched to a stop without any driver input and I was nearly rear ended. I then angrily disabled the vehicle safety systems by pressing the car button on the dash.
This is not my first car, and I do, in fact know how to drive. I am afraid to drive in "tech" mode and disable all the electronic nannies so that I can have full control of the vehicle since BMW could potentially void the warranty. With stories of motor mounts breaking, something tells me that the car couldn't handle tires transitioning from snow packed road to a down to pavement main road.
The car is garaged, clean, and none of the driving sensors were obstructed in any way. This vehicle is clearly not the future. At least not in the winters of New England.
Please note that I am not driving on summer tires.