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Took delivery of my i3 yesterday

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by SanSerif, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. SanSerif

    SanSerif New Member

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    Seven months after placing an order sight unseen, yesterday I received my car. And yesterday was my first ever drive in any EV. I may have only had time so far to rack up 100 miles but it's enough that I'm very, very impressed with both the i3 and the electric future of motoring.

    There are plenty of reviews around the web so there's not much new I can offer beyond my "feelings". Firstly, it's just a really great drive. Despite being a city car hatchback, it accelerates and handles like, well, like a BMW. And I like the "high up" driving position - I'd worried that it would feel like driving a van. Which, I suppose it sort of does - if it were a van with no body roll and that drove like a BMW!

    I was also not 100% on the design. I mean, it's odd, isn't it? But, you know, seeing it parked in the village square or outside my house and it looks "wow" rather than odd. Part of the effect is the contrast of old and new. My village - and my house - is centuries old and the i3 looks like a landed spacecraft. The interior is equally great. I went for the leather trim and wooden dash - and it all just works; it's a great place to sit. The strange recycled trim elements are innocuous to the eye (which is, imo, fortunate!)

    Build quality is top notch. Not a hint of a rattle or squeak. Not a stitch out of place. Everything as you'd expect in a new premium car.

    Right now, the car is filling up in the garage. That's a good feeling. I suspect that just knowing that you're fully fueled every morning must be one of those EV-factors that stop people from returning to dino-juice. That and being able to remotely or automatically heat, cool or defrost. I've not really had a chance to test the max range or the accuracy of the range predictor but both seem satisfactory and nothing to worry about. Depending on my settings (heat, eco-ness etc) it offers between 75-105 miles of electric range.

    I say "electric range" because I have the REx range extender - which adds another 60-80 miles (I think) or so. I've not tried it in anger with a flat battery but, having an EU spec car, was able to fire it up on the motorway. It was unnoticable at motorway speeds. I was concerned that it wasn't working - as I could hear absolutely nothing. However, the energy monitor showed it was chuntering away and supplying electrons as intended.

    Most importantly, the rest of the family love it. My wife (who'll be the main driver) was wary at first but came back from a run out today with a broad grin and thumbs-up. My children are hard core environmentalists and techno-buffs and are rather chuffed to be ahead of their peer group of eco first adopters.

    All in all, 48 hours has shown my gamble at ordering car, for which they hadn't even finished building the factory, to be a bet I have comfortably won!
     
  2. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    Congrats. Glad you're pleased. How about some pics?
     
  3. Kalud

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    Congrats! This thread certainly deserve some pics of that new electric spacecraft :)
     
  4. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    That's terrific, SanSerif: more choices for the consumer and more manufacturers making intelligent design decisions regarding EVs can only be good for us all in the long run.
     
  5. ecarfan

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    SanSerif thanks for your i3 review. How do you charge the car at your home? Do you use the BMW 240V dedicated charging unit? Can you plug the car into a 110/120V outlet and charge the battery completely from a low state and if so how long does that take?
     
  6. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Echo that. Will be great to see pics of the i3 juxtaposed with your ancient house.
     
  7. SanSerif

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    I haven't sorted the fast charger yet - I wanted to experiment with the car a bit before I decided the best location for it. So, right now, I'm just plugging into a normal mains socket (240v in the UK). Just came back with a pretty empty battery and it's saying it'll be recharged in 10 hours.The fast charger will do it in 3 or so, I think, Fortunately, you can get fast chargers installed free of charge thanks to a government subsidy in the UK.

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    The fact that there's an EV on my drive is the result of new manufacturers entering the market. It was the Renault Zoe that piqued my interest - great design but too, er, Renault. Then I glanced (briefly) at the Tesla - too damn big. Then I came across the i3 - I thought it was ideal. But I could only really come to that conclusion because the market at that point offered comparators. WIthout Tesla, Renault, Nissan there'd be no EV market to reference the i3 against.
     
  8. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Ditto the pics and congrats. I drove one back in January and did indeed like it.
     
  9. AlisoJames

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    We test drove one yesterday and were very impressed. Lots of head room and great visibility inside, great handling and does look well made. We will be replacing our 2011 Nissan Leaf in July when the lease is up and now think this is the one. We test drove a Rav4 EV a month ago but the fact that it is just a compliance car for California made us decide against it. I wish the Model E was available now as I love my Model S. We are going for the range extender so my wife can visit friends in LA without worrying about finding a charger.
     

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