I live in North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth) and have looked at i3s for a while now. Our charging network (particularly Level2) is pretty good. My wife has a 5 mile commute to work daily, but we live in an apartment currently and wont purchase a house for another year. We have a library only a quarter-mile away with two Blink chargers at the cost of $.04/minute. Our housing and work situations might change drastically in the next few years, but we plan to own the vehicle for over a decade. We have two children and have some small concerns about the rear doors particularly with unloading in the school zone. It seems if the school faculty that assists with unloading are aware of the vehicle, it wont be an issue.
My biggest concerns are with reliability, tires, size of trunk/boot if my children start playing sports, and battery longevity. I will need the REx as I have family that lives on a farm that we frequent 65 miles from my home. I can likely level1 charge there or in the future level2 charge, but sometimes I am just dropping off my kids for the weekend and I don't want to be tied to waiting on a charge. My commute there is 130 miles round trip and I would easily tap into the gasoline on that trip. I am currently looking at two models at a local dealer ecarone which are in the grey color we like and have the REx. Both are 2015 and have the tech package and sport wheels. However, one is a gigaworld with the light grey interrior and harmon kardon package and the other is a teraworld fully loaded except for the harmon kardon sound. The gigaworld is $1,100 more expensive, despite its lack of options due to only having 14,000 miles on it. The Teraworld is very nice and we prefer the leather interior especially for the ease of cleaning the seats should our children spill, but the Teraworld has 40,000 miles on it. 14,000 miles seems low for a 2015, but 40,000 seems high.
My question to you is: is either low miles a concern of the battery being neglected and the high miles a concern of it being abused with frequent deep cycles? I have test-driven both and noticed that neither vehicle has been coded yet, but I will do it immediately as I want the REx to come on long before 6%. We like the idea of taking the high mile one spec'd the way we like it, especially how lightly she puts on miles (7,000-8,000/year). I have already put down payment at the dealership, but I can transfer it to the more-expensive gigaworld if we change our minds.
After we purchase, I plan to post on here frequently to update everyone on our progress with apartment, large metropolitan EV living. I also plan to do as much maintenance on it as I can myself up to replacing the battery pack with the new one when mine no longer holds a sufficient charge.