BigMotorsports wrote: ↑Sat May 14, 2022 1:44 am
The thing is, this car new is stated to get 70 to 80 miles. That seems to be what I’m getting??? So even with the 75%ish battery I’m still getting newish range?? Hmm…
A 2014 BEV has an E.P.A. rated range of 81 miles:
However, it's difficult to translate the conditions used to calculate the E.P.A. range to real-world conditions. The actual range can vary considerably based on the temperature, the climate control settings, the driving mode (Comfort, EcoPro, EcoPro+), the driving speed, the terrain, the weight of passengers and cargo, the wind, the tires, the tire inflation pressure, the wheel size and weight, etc. The i3 displays an estimated range based on the previous ~19 miles of driving, whether navigation guidance is active, the temperature, etc. Because of so many variables, it's difficult to assess how an i3's actual range corresponds to its battery pack's capacity. If your i3's range meets your needs, then it's the right car for you. If it needs to be charged more often than is comfortable potentially leaving you stranded or waiting for a public charger to become available, then maybe it's not the right car for you.
An i3 driver can do things to increase range. I inflate the tires in our 2014 i3 to 10 psi over the recommended inflation pressure. This reduces rolling resistance and increases actual range. A side-effect is better protection against tire and wheel damage when running over potholes. Downsides are a slightly rougher ride and a slightly smaller contact patch that could reduce traction slightly. I haven't noticed any unusual tread wear.
I always drive in EcoPro. However, I prefer full climate control power which, by default, isn't provided in EcoPro mode. An iDrive setting allows full climate control power in EcoPro which could reduce range slightly, a trade-off that's OK for me. If I'm driving in urban or suburban environments, I'll drive with the windows open rather than using climate control in mild weather. However, at highway speeds, aerodynamic drag is greater with the windows open, so more efficient highway driving might occur with the windows closed and climate control on. Full propulsive power is available in EcoPro when pressing the power pedal to the floor, so there's no performance downside.
I don't carry things in our i3 that I probably won't need. For example, in normal driving, I won't need the Occasional Use Charging Cable included with every i3, so I don't carry it unless I'm driving somewhere that I might need to use it for charging.
The lifetime efficiency of our 2014 i3 is 5.2 miles/kWh which is better than average. Living in a mild climate with no hot summers or cold winters as well as not much highway driving helps drive at high efficiency.