First, to everyone who gave real advice and were truly helpful. Thank you. This was a huge expense for me, and a big plunge going into the EV world. I had a major fear, which was I was buying (or leasing in this case) a 50k headache.
But to answer some of the questions. I did a ton of research. Weeks worth. I read consumer reports, blogs, reviews, technical reviews. I work in advertising, and we have in house motor-heads whose jobs it is to know everything about every car, and I mean everything down to the metal composite of the wing-nuts, and I gave one of those guys a $100 bucks to spend the weekend with me looking at cars, and taking me through the different ins-and-outs of each EV. So I did my homework more than on any other car then I've ever bought.
Drive home. Car when I picked it up had 90% charge. They were located in downtown los angeles. Drove home in bumper to bumper weather. Just under 20 miles. Car had 25% charge left and the meter said I had another 35 miles left before the battery would be dead. I drove to Whole Foods (not because I love whole food btw, but because they had a free charger). I charged the car for 20 minutes, did some shoping etc, came back out. Car was up to 41 miles. I drove to a local sports to watch the fights (less then a mile), drove back to my house (less than a half mile), when I put the car away it said 31 miles left and I was digging into the last bar. I used the cruise control feature (where the car speeds up and brakes on it's own) for the drive from Dealer to house, kept the car in eco+ because it was bumper to bumper the entire way home. And while driving between store/bar etc. kept the car in eco+ because I was freaking out about how the charge was melting away.
far as driving like a lincoln... maybe that was a touch of over statement. But the constant drag on the car (recouping energy right?), plus the slower acceleration between 40-60 etc. The car doesn't drive like 328. I know I know. That's a f*cked comparison. And if I wanted a car to perform like that I shouldn't have bought an EV or at least just got a telsa. BUT I feel like there's a compromise on performance. And I was down with it, my general driving habits are closer to an old man then a 16 year old kid, but the compromise without any procevied benefits. That's a bit of kick in the stomach.
EV Decals. To those that asked. In SoCal, green and white decals get free parking. When I researched, I didn't realize green decals were in limited number. I was told at the Dealership, that it qualified for HOV decals. Problem is they only released 15k this year, and you are competing with every new hybrid on the road, and anyone else who didn't get one in 2013/14 or before.
I didn't come hear to blame. I'm not blaming BMW. I'm not blaming my sales guy. Or the friend I hired to help me. I just dropped a shit ton of money on this thing. And my first real day in it, SUCKED. Just sucked so god damn hard. It's a horrible feeling to spend all this time energy. You get super excited to get your new car. You stretch your budget to get the one really want, and then when you get home have a pit in your stomach and feel like you made a huge mistake.
I wish someone would have mentioned the take home test-drives. I would LOVED to have done that. I brought it once and I was told they didn't do it. But apparently, I was completely wrong about that. After a quick google I have found many references to people doing that.
thanks for the advice. sorry it if feels like I just came in here to whine. I used this forum as a resource before I bought the car. Reviews, and passion was so high, it truly figured into my decision making progress. So I was hoping you guys might shed light on what I'm missing.