MarkNo wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:23 pm
And speaking of range, it is an overrated statistic that ignores the fact that the i3 is a small city car with perfectly adequate range in city driving. The decision to have a smaller battery was an engineering decision considering the intended use of the vehicle as a small every day urban car. Range anxiety is partly a marketing ploy - If you want really long range there is the Tesla Model S, but forget about using this land-yacht as a city runabout.
I am awaiting delivery of a 2020 BEV i3. For my needs no other EV comes close to competing with the i3. Long-live the i3!
Range anxiety is definitely not a marketing ploy. If anything, EV manufacturers are trying to minimize it.
My daily round trip commute is ~60 miles. There is a block of 4 level 2 chargers at work which usually
have an open spot, but not always. I suspect in the next few years either the company will add more charging spaces or the existing ones will always be full, or perhaps both. Either way I can't count on being able to charge at work in the future. Winter time, highway speeds, desire to NOT drive without heat/AC and real world range can be much less than the 80 or so miles of a 60Ah..... My options really come down to a 60Ah BEV and just hope, a 94Ah and never forget to charge or otherwise always leave the house with 100% battery, or buy a REX and probably not need it very often for my daily commute. The REX also allows for forgetting to plug it in or longer day trips - the wife and I regularly take a drive to the Oregon coast, usually around 170 mile round trip. That wouldn't happen even in the newest 2020 BEV.
Anyway, everyone has a different situation. The i3 may be marketed as a city car, but it's not a city only car. I see it as a commuter car that I want to be able to use for more than just commuting to work and back. Call it range anxiety, call it practicality, call it delusional ignorance, call it whatever you want but for me personally I wouldn't consider anything with less than a 200 mile range and no range extender. There is a reason BMW offers it in a REX version - they knew from the beginning that the paltry ~80 mile range would not be enough for many people. It's no surprise to me that the REX outsells the BEV by a wide margin.
Personally, I'd rather have an i3 BEV with 200 mile range than a 200 mile range REX if such a thing existed. The current 153 mile 120Ah BEV is actually getting kinda close, and if the i3 had that from the start I'd seriously consider going that route over a REX (and just use another car for day trips and such).
And finally, because I haven't been quite long winded enough.... As I touched on above, charging infrastructure makes a huge difference and in the future will really determine what is enough range. In the future my over used coast trip example may be just fine for a 60Ah BEV if there are DC/level 2 chargers all over the place. Unlike gas stations that require huge underground tanks, you can put an EV charger anywhere you can get enough electricity. Other areas of the country (or other countries) are going to have more or less need for longer range batteries. In the not too distant future I'd expect just about every restaurant, grocery store, hotel and rest stop to have at least a level 2 charger, if not DC fast charger. If I were in a different part of the country then maybe I wouldn't feel the need for a REX.