Lude219
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:53 pm

olbedhead wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:59 am
@Lude
Just an anecdote, bought my 2017 Bev a few weeks ago and am getting 150mi consistently on a full charge driving 65mph with HVAC off and ACC engaged in Eco pro mode. I'm in SoCal.
Do you drive many hills? Just curious how this affects it. Many thanks!
Luckily no. My weekday commute is West and East so there is little in change of elevation.

Jkel
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:40 am

Lude219 wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:48 am
Just an anecdote, bought my 2017 Bev a few weeks ago and am getting 150mi consistently on a full charge driving 65mph with HVAC off and ACC engaged in Eco pro mode. I'm in SoCal.
That is an outstanding number. I wonder how many highway miles you are doing versus city?

Lude219
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:35 am

Jkel wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:40 am
Lude219 wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:48 am
Just an anecdote, bought my 2017 Bev a few weeks ago and am getting 150mi consistently on a full charge driving 65mph with HVAC off and ACC engaged in Eco pro mode. I'm in SoCal.
That is an outstanding number. I wonder how many highway miles you are doing versus city?
about 75% highway miles. With my commute and pattern of driving, each one of four GOM bar represents about 35mi of actual driving distance (my one way work trip is 33mi). So my daily roundtrip is ~70mi (including small city put-putting) and SOC% remaining is around 55%. I tend to charge up at the end of my second day with about 6-7% remaining and 15mi on the GOM.

olbedhead
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Wed May 01, 2019 11:31 am

Lude219 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:35 am

about 75% highway miles. With my commute and pattern of driving, each one of four GOM bar represents about 35mi of actual driving distance (my one way work trip is 33mi). So my daily roundtrip is ~70mi (including small city put-putting) and SOC% remaining is around 55%. I tend to charge up at the end of my second day with about 6-7% remaining and 15mi on the GOM.
This is super helpful. I have a 60 mile a day commute, can charge at work and i can only go 1 day. If the chargers at work mess up, i'm kind of SOL which is my biggest complaint about my current e-golf with only 80 mile range.

I'm still torn if i go for 2017 BEV or use the USAA and Tax Credit to get the 2019 and just have plenty of range.

Lude219
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Wed May 01, 2019 12:37 pm

olbedhead wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 11:31 am
Lude219 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:35 am

about 75% highway miles. With my commute and pattern of driving, each one of four GOM bar represents about 35mi of actual driving distance (my one way work trip is 33mi). So my daily roundtrip is ~70mi (including small city put-putting) and SOC% remaining is around 55%. I tend to charge up at the end of my second day with about 6-7% remaining and 15mi on the GOM.
This is super helpful. I have a 60 mile a day commute, can charge at work and i can only go 1 day. If the chargers at work mess up, i'm kind of SOL which is my biggest complaint about my current e-golf with only 80 mile range.

I'm still torn if i go for 2017 BEV or use the USAA and Tax Credit to get the 2019 and just have plenty of range.
I think EV cars still has a massive depreciation curve so i would never get anything new, even with discounts. I got my 2017 BEV for 15k OTD (including a 6k trade in for my fiat 500e) when the msrp was over 55k just a few years ago. If you're leasing then it's a moot point but I'd hold off on buying new if possible.

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Wed May 01, 2019 2:08 pm

LEase versus buy comes down to how long you plan to keep the car and how much you may be tempted to replace it sooner. There's not that much to break on a BEV, and if the range fits your needs, more doesn't necessarily get you much. It still costs the same to recharge, whether you do it once a day or once a week. In theory, a larger percentage recharge cycle shortens the life, but one article I read said that the batteries in the current i3 are designed for over 4,000 cycles, and by the time those die, you might just replace them with much higher capacity ones if you want to keep the car. 10 charges from 90-100 equals one from 0-100.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

sipabit
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Wed May 08, 2019 10:29 am

With the info you've provided, I don't think there's much we can tell you. All your statements are true. If you feel you don't need range beyond the 114, then go for the BEV. Your decision will depend on a lot of objective factors. How long you plan to keep the other car for. How often you use it, how you use it, which car you use on weekends, what you do then. Your lifestyle is something only you can decide.

Yes, there are benefits of BEV, so do it if you can. But otherwise, like the 70% of us do, get the REX.
A fanatic of all things electric. Ridables like electric ice chests and stand up scooters I adore. Drones like DJI, I root for. I'm a fan of both, but nothing beats my love for my 2016 i3 Rex with Deka World. Shhh, don't tell my wife.

Cheapergear
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Fri May 17, 2019 2:36 pm

I”m looking at 2017 also for $20k. It’s listed as being 60ah. VIN shows 94ah. In fact all of the listings on CarGurus shows 60ah. Is there any documentation with the car that would show the EPA range? Would it be found on the window sticker? Does anyone have 2017?

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Fri May 17, 2019 7:08 pm

Cheapergear wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 2:36 pm
Is there any documentation with the car that would show the EPA range?
The U.S. Department of Energy's fuel economy Website lists the EPA range at 114 miles. This seems to be quite conservative based on the ranges reported by 2017 BEV drivers.
Aloha,
Art

2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE

jfran2
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2017 I3 Bev

Fri May 17, 2019 9:06 pm

One more thing to add to your calculus would be winter. If it gets into the teens where you live, you should count on a 15~20% drop in range. My 2014 Rex goes from 70 miles on a charge to around 52 on cold days in Missouri. I don't drive a consistent daily mileage, so a Rex was the only choice for me.

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