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Off Road in i3

Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:06 pm

So ,
When i drive the i3 on the small country uneven and imperfect roads, i can literately feel each of the individual tires going up and down.
Literally it feels like i am driving a 4*4 over the rocks on a riverbed.

I was wondering, how will the car actually perform in such situations, given it has quite good ground clearance., large wheels, but skinny wheels.
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Re: Off Road in i3

Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:10 am

"Trials" cars are built for off road obstacle courses and have tall narrow tires and rear wheel drive. The I3's 50/50 weight balance is not optimal for getting traction out of 2wd, but it's still better than a 2wd pickup that has less than half its weight on the drive wheels.

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Re: Off Road in i3

Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:53 am

The tires are the Achilles Heel of the i3 with many owners experiencing flats and punctures caused by ordinary street debris and potholes. My guess is that driving the i3 off-road with any regularity would not end well.
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3pete
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Re: Off Road in i3

Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:40 pm

This lady and her chainsaw seem to think the i3 is offroad capable. Or soft-road capable at least.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13neHOQtgC4

It probably only works well if you have the hat and tires she has too, and I can't find the tires anywhere!

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Re: Off Road in i3

Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:43 pm

Ok, I really wanted to see her to grab her tow loop and pull that tree out of the way. And I also want to see how she gets power to her hilltop cabin.
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Re: Off Road in i3

Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:54 am

I'm really curious about the rack on top of the car in the above video?!

Manufacture?
How does it attach?
Can you install yourself?
Void Warranty?
Safe?
How much does it hold?

and the big one:
COULD IT HOLD A RECUMBENT TRIKE. LOOKS LIKE THIS:
https://www.hpvelotechnik.com/en/

Doug - out

edit - after further review, it looks as if it is a suction cup kind of attachment. I've always wondered if this type of carrier would hold a trike. They are quite a bit heavier than a traditional bike. Mine even more so because it has electric assist. I guess I'm just an electric kind of guy.

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Re: Off Road in i3

Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:44 pm

eNate wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:43 pm
I also want to see how she gets power to her hilltop cabin.
I think the ad is suggesting she powers her cabin from her i3 based on the lights turning on after she plugs it in, and she plugs it in inside the trunk.

There are a few of these commercials that promote the benefit of being able to power something off the i3's battery pack, from your electric chainsaw to your cabin where your companion makes cheese and sells it using his electric cheese slicer all the way to an electric surfboard. You know, all the normal things that people do with electricity!

Here's the cheese slicer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqr89egRUaY

And the Surfboard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1T-9rTBGJQ

Mostly these commercials seem to make people want the accessories in them, from the roof rack to the AC outlet in the back. I mostly am jealous of the offroad wheel+tire combo!

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Re: Off Road in i3

Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:10 pm

I didn't see any suction cups on those roof racks and those electric surf boards are RAD.

But seriously.... I didn't see any suction cups on those roof racks. What's up with that BMW? Where are our real roof racks?

And I guess the mountain woman can't be caught hauling firewood up to her place and making the place toasty. Hey, how many i3s does it take to screw in a light bulb? :D

Edit: Oh, I just watched the middle ad (the cheeseman ad) and we've go a major disconnect. Same cabin? What's he heating his milk with? Power from the i3? Gas? Nuclear fusion! And when he goes to market, how does a cheese slicer recharge his i3? Because there's no way he can power a cheese slicer and still make it back up the hill to the cabin.
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Re: Off Road in i3

Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:39 pm

Come on, You didn't see suction cups? Pause the video and look close.

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