It is interesting to see how different perceptions can be in different countries.
I live in The Netherlands and Germany and there are very many DC chargers (Free and paid) around at shopping centres and at the highways. Many from Fastned, Shell and Ionity. I believe that The Netherlands has the highest density of DC chargers in the world (see www.chargemap.com
) In Germany they changed the law. In the near future every fuel station is forced to have some DC charging units. This all makes the perspective different compared to the US.
Like this it’s interesting to travel long distance with every electrical car.Range problems are gone. Instead, charging time is now the issue.
I drive with my I3 (120Ah) (No Rex) a few times a year 650 km between my 2 houses. At a 120km/h speed I can make about 220 km or distance. The Charging speed becomes interesting now. If I could charge with 150 Kw it would shorten my travel time with more than one hour on this longer distance.
Charging at home is of course fine. Here we have all 3 phase if you want it at almost no extra costs. I have it since I’ve the I3. It makes the charging time at home, from 20% to full, 3 hours amd 25 min. Not bad. The car would, according BMW charge with 11Kw, but what I can see , it does it with about 10,4 Kw. Close to the BMW Given value.
The Battery cooling issue is no problem for the i3 as far I noticed. It is active Liquid cooled. If I charge 3 times high speed at the highway I don’t see any issues with a warmer battery. The charging speed is always stable during multiple charging sessions.
So, on topic: I love the car, but would love it even more with a higher charging speed and bigger battery. And I think I’m not the only one that uses this amazing car for long distance travels. In Europe we travel longer distance with smaller cars in general. Seize doesn’t matter;)
It’s like the chicken and the egg.... what is first. If the car would have a bigger battery and a higher charging speed, people would use it also more for the longer distance travel.