To add to this:
The i3 tires have a higher than normal puncture potential, but for an OEM luxury tire they are cheap, so even if they last 2/3 of a regular tire your tire cost will be similar to other luxury cars.
True of the 20" sports tires - which are also prone to pothole damage to both tire and rim. The 19" all season tires don't seem to have these problems (and the ride is better).
if your REX is dead they cannot run emission tests, so it will be an emission failure.
True in any case, because if the Rex is dead there will be a 'check engine' light, and that alone will cause an inspection failure.
In Texas only counties with high-density populations require an emission test as part of the inspection, all other counties only require a safety inspection. My first Texas inspection was a year after I'd bought the car, and done by the dealer when I had it in for some minor warranty work (replacement of torn front shock boots). Though it was in a 'high-density' county - the inspection was safety only. When I asked the dealer about it, was told that it was classed as an electric car which only requires a safety inspection. Hybrids in Texas require the emissions inspection, so not sure if the dealer was correct., but in Texas you can look up a vehicle inspection history if you have the VIN. Though mine is a Rex, spending most of its life in Dallas county (which requires emissions testing), my inspection history has been safety only.
The EPA classifies the i3 REx as a series plug-in hybrid or EREV (Electric Range Extended Vehicle) while CARB as a range-extended battery-electric vehicle (BEVx).
2015 i3 Rex, Capparis White, Tera World, Technology & Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Harman Kardon Audio System, 19 inch 427 wheels, EVoInnovate EVSE