I'm just past the 1,000 mile mark in my i3 and I'm really enjoying the car, it has not been all EV bliss though as I have had some software glitches along the way, like a rolling reboot. With that said I have no regrets and I'm confident these software issues will be taken care of soon, either way I'll blog about them. Having an EV has opened up a whole world of cars to me and not just EVs....a recent ride in a BMW i8 the other day was icing on the cake, read on for more of that.
Onto the fun....I went to another Cars and Croissants and once again my i3 drew a crowd. This car is truly a magnet, people chase me on the highway, if I'm at a light they either talk to me from their car or they leave the safety of their sidewalk for a chat. It is daily....my family is like 'not again'....I really don't mind.
A little Cars and Croissants
|At Cars and Croissants with other NJEAA members|
|Tesla Roadster, BMW i3, Honda Fit EV and two LEAFs|
|Hard to tell but we are pretty close in color|
|The i3 is a magnet|
|People really love the i3|
As I mentioned the i3 attracts attention anywhere it goes.....if I park somewhere it does not take long before people are around it looking and taking pictures.
|Number 6 in less than 1 hour...actually a slow day|
|Not bad...not bad at all|
With that said, the i3 has done pretty well maintaining its range of 80 to 90 even with AC blasting and hot days along the highway. My ActiveE would not have fared as well. On the day we go and check out the BMW i8 we encountered some serious heat but the range held fast and when all was said and done I was over 90 miles all electric, eco pro, AC running high, and most of it was highway. My i3 was loaded with family...not bad. Granted I stuck to 65mph or less but still good. The AC worked well up front, the back not so much and that is because there are no rear vents....an oversight.
|Range holding has impressed - yes that is the CEL light (engine warning) you may have heard of - software glitch|
|You have to see one in person....amazing inside and out|
|Love those doors and they open from inside with the push of a button|
|Interior is typical BMW....good|
|Not sure I could smile any bigger|
Check the video below for the sound the 3 cylinder in the i8 makes
I recorded the sound the i8 makes
Almost forgot, while I was in the i8 my i3 was getting a DC quick charge boost...got 84% in just over 20 minutes....we really need more of these around. Unfortunately this one is not for public use.
|The % was clicking away nearly every 30 seconds|
|Big plug produces big energy|
Driving an EV has proven to be, over the past 5 years, a wonderful experience. There is no turning back.