jadnashuanh wrote:If the current vehicle meets your commuting needs, do you really care if the new one has so much more capacity? To recharge it would either take twice as long, or, you'd be paying to have a bigger on-board charging circuit and a major upgrade to your EVSE (and many houses won't support that without major costs)...doubling it will mean more weight and costs. I looked at the i3 as a product that will have an extended service life - very little actually wears out, and it's not like the body is going to rust away, or you get a hole in the quarter panels. Unless you're one that always has to have the latest and greatest, I do not see any major safety improvements coming, so I plan to keep mine for longer than my normal purchases. When it gets old enough to consider a battery replacement, I'm sure that there will be options, and there will always be some turn-in value of the existing battery pack. Then, it will be a decision to either buy a whole new vehicle, or upgrade the existing one and, when you keep them long enough, the resale value tends to level off.
There's lots more that can go wrong on an ICE and maybe more reason to consider replacing them more frequently.
Excellent point(s) about recharging time of a battery with double capacity. I'm not sure about more weight, but it seems likely as well. I live 2.2 miles from work, so round trip is 5 miles per day. But this is a blessing and a curse, in the past two years I've only put 5k on my paid off e46 330i ZHP. Even if it only averaged 18mpg and even if premium (93 octane) was $3.50/gal, my annual fuel cost is less than $1000. Its difficult to justify spending $55,000 to save $1000 per year. But this e46 isn't going to last forever and I do have other maintenance costs (oil/filter, other things that break) to factor in as well. I guess part of me wants to move to electric because it seems like the right thing to do. I just don't know.
cove3 wrote:>>>e-thing/ 5th paragraph, "...a battery with twice the storage capacity of BMW’s current plug-in hybrids (while maintaining the same physical size)>>>
That's a throwaway. There's nothing in the literature to support 2x in actual production cars before 2018 or even later. The 200 mile cars are all talk and no facts and most certainly would achieve a good part of the 200 miles with simply a bigger battery
What exactly is a "throwaway"? The concept car, yes, once they are done with it, it will most likely be crushed. That doesn't mean the battery pack used inside of it isn't being tested for use in other BMW vehicles including the i3. Where is there literature talking about what will and will not occur up until 2018? In my experience, car companies don't really like to tell consumers what they are or are not planning to do in advance. Perhaps 200 mile cars are all talk and no fact, I'm not sure. I thought I read somewhere that Ghosn said they had a 200 mile battery pack ready to go as well for either an updated Leaf or a new one, I don't remember exactly. Bigger battery equals more weight to carry around, not sure if a bigger battery is the way to go, but a battery with more capacity might have more weight as well.
I guess only time will tell, but thanks to you both for responding to my question. I guess in my current situation I don't even need 200 mile range, and that is most likely the case for current electric owners and will probably be the case for future electric owners. I don't foresee us getting rid of our paid off 2007 CRV anytime soon and we already don't take the e46 out of town because it is too modified to be comfortable on out of town trips, so I think even an i3 without REx would possibly work.