I would expect premium brand companies like BMW to have internal checks , not to sell less robust products into the market , under their brand name.
Weather BMW designed the rex with only emergency purpose or more robust usage purpose, either way , they own the product and re responsible for selling the car, educating the customers, , earning the profits, servicing them , and warranting the car.
I mean to say , it will become a similar situation like Nissan Leaf where the with lack of Thermal Management , makes it as 2nd grade car, increase Nissan's cost to replace them , under warranty , and take a hit to their brand name , as C grade
At least Leaf is the king of low cost, and the brand has become synonymous with cheap ev's. Nissan kind of planned that positioning.
is this the same case with BMW i2 rex . Selling less robust car , at a premium price, , than what customers might expect the rex engine to be ? and doing that in purpose
In theory , there is no reason , why rex engine , should not last a very long time....with long drives.
jadnashuanh wrote:Rumors have it that the only reason the REx exists was from the marketers. The car was designed as a commuter/city car. That you can use it on a trip is secondary, not it's primary reason for existence. The worry was, few would buy it if they feared it would run out of battery and leave them stranded coming home from work. As a result, the REx was not designed for optimal long-distance travel but to get you home in case your plans changed, or you miscalculated. When they went to the extreme to eliminate extra grams from the design, throwing in a gas tank, plumbing, and the motor with everything required to make it work doesn't make a lot of design sense.
BMW does make lots of other hybrids where the priority was not to be extremely efficient for running around a city, but none of them are serial hybrids like the REx.