Almost a full fledged i3 club member here!
Finally found my ultimate 2017 PANDA REx
I’ve been searching for with HK Sound & Technology Package
So here’s my dilemma, the car has super low Milage (only 11k) but isn’t coded yet and I need to drive 384 miles from Los Angeles to Sacramento on either i5 or i99 to get him home.
The dealer highly suggested to not even attempt this saying when the REx kicks in at 6% the car will become almost non drivable along i5.
The part over the Grapevine will come early on in the first 80-90 miles and be mostly downhill so there may be some regenerative charging possible here.
From what we can see there are DC Fast charge at least every 60-70 miles with many #2 in between.
Aside from having it trucked here for $800 which is still an option, I’d rather put that aside for a #2 charger and charging/fuel fees for the next year.
I’ve read the rumblings from 2017 about lack of Fast Charge options in California along i5 from Oregon to Mexico for non Tesla vehicles but it seems this may not be as dire anymore?
So would the best plan be to code the car before departure with the correct dongle & app so it could hold charge @50-75% then fill up every 80miles (4 full ups) or wait till I get home to code and stop every 80miles to quick charge and put gas in?
Once I’m home the car will only be used for around town and occasionally to San Francisco if work ever resumes in person there.
I’m definitely up for a fun ride & adventure after months in seclusion but don’t want to get stranded on the journey home.
I could also put a 2 gallon backup in the front boot as a precaution of needed.
The fact that this has become a hunt for a unicorn
has been fun but challenging.
Iit seems 80% of all the i3 have the DEKa Dark Atielier interior but rarely the Loft/Mega or LODGE/GiGA with Tech & HK sound together which is what’s behind the extra effort required here.
I could always wait another 6 months-year for another to come along closer to home but would rather not if I can help it.
Thanks in advance for input.