frictioncircle wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:05 am
Dear skeptic –
I wish BMW would use the battery convention that the rest of the world has decided upon: kWh, not Ah.
A 22 kWh battery (60Ah) will not deliver "60 miles when running up and down the highway at 70 mph in the cold", not when new, and certainly not now. If you want to drive on the freeway (a FLAT freeway) at 70mph with cabin heat and outside temps below 55°F, expect that 22kWh battery to deliver a range of around 45 miles. Your commute profile makes me think that, if you purchase a 22kWh i3, you need a REx model unless you're able to charge at work.
A 33kWh/94Ah BEV would probably serve you better.
Thanks. This is what I didn't want to hear, but need to hear. I see REX as an important to me safety net and occasional use requirement, but daily or nearly daily use kinda defeats the purpose.
In 2014 I made the switch from gas cars to my i3 BEV. Years of "range anxiety" press coverage lingered in the back of mind when I purchased my i3. After a short while of driving full electric I realized that, in many ways, range anxiety is a manufactured concept.
Some people want to get in a car and just go. If this is your personality, you may fret about range and where to charge. If you are comfortable with planning ahead and considering energy use, I think you'd enjoy driving an i3. I didn't care a whit about gas mileage in my previous gasoline BMWs. Once I got my i3, though, I quickly got past range anxiety and found a lot of fun in cutting consumption.
And... the car is fun as hell to drive!
At least for now, I will have other cars in case of emergency, ice/snow (we get some, but not a lot of that here), long trips (hundreds of miles), towing a trailer, etc. My main priority is just commuting, but I'm hopeful it will become my (almost) everything car. Maybe I'm wrong but I've convinced myself that I "need" over 200 miles of range or a range extender.