BMW i3 Road Trip From London To Amsterdam – Video

JUL 7 2015 BY STAFF 11

In Amsterdam...Trip Complete

In Amsterdam…Trip Complete

Can you really cross vast stretches of land in an electric car? Will the infrastructure help achieve that goal? AutoExpress UK embarks on an epic road trip aboard the BMW i3 from London to Amsterdam.

To have enough chances to succeed, the British journalists chose the BMW i3 REx as the transportation choice which on paper, in perfect conditions, should allow for around 150 miles of driving range. AC off, of course.

The entertaining video has its funny moments also, like the card for charging the car not working. But thanks to the Range Extender feature, a couple of gallons of gasoline will let you continue the trip.

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BMW makes two variants of the i3 and the two cars look nearly identical from the outside and takes a trained eye to spot the differences. Just as the total ranges of the two models vary, the technical differences of the REx and the i3 BEV are rather dramatic. The i3 BEV can about 80 miles on a single charge, where as the i3 REx can travel about 150 miles on a full charge and full tank of premium gas. Price wise, the i3 Range Extender is around $5,000 more expensive than the “regular” i3.

As one would assume for toting a generator around permanently, the i3 REx weighs more at 3064 lbs compared to just 2799 lbs for the i3 BEV. 0-60 time for the i3 Rex is slower at 7.9 seconds vs 7.2 for the i3 BEV, purely because cause of the extra weight.

The MPGe goes from 124 miles for the i3 BEV to 117 miles for the i3 REx, but both are still way above Tesla’s S model and its 89 miles. Even the weight distribution changes from a BMW 48/52 front/rear for the i3 BEV to 45/55 for REx.

Last year, our friend Tom Moloughney did a 462 mile trip from New Jersey to Vermont.

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11 Comments on "BMW i3 Road Trip From London To Amsterdam – Video"

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kosee

So yeah. Dude had just British charging cards. If he’d had browsed around on some Internet forums he would have known that this doesn’t work as it should. I’m sorry but this video looks like an attempt to sell a bmw with a range extender.

Also he was carrying only one charging cable.

I know that this all shouldn’t be, but he didn’t need to go driving around to complain about it. One can know very easily that these problems exist and be prepared…

David Murray

The point is very well taken, though. The Rex made this journey possible. And even though the tank is small, I’d rather make this journey in an i3 Rex than in an all-electric car even if that car had 150 miles of range. Heck, even if it had 200 miles of range. The Rex is still superior. With charging infrastructure the way it is, there is just no substitute for a Rex.

This journey is very much possible with only CCS in a BEV i3, especially now that there are multi-standard chargers deployed right at the Eurotunnel entrance in UK, the range should be more than enough to get to the Netherlands where there is Fastned (payment via app, no card needed).

kosee

Also, I recently saw some blog of a guy who drove his Zoe to Zwitserland from the Netherlands. He was extremely well prepared though. But he still shows that with some effort it’s possible to drive a non-tesla around Europe.

Joshua Burstyn

Bizarre. We travel all over and use a variety of networks but never have we had such a problem in Canada/US with our Model S.

Ambulator

For such long trips I think the Volt is better. Most people make more short trips so the i3 may be better, as long you don’t mind the extra cost.

I know, new Volts are no longer available in Europe.

kosee

I think opel still sells the Ampera in the Netherlands. Not sure how long that’ll last though.

Extra cost? The Ampera was more expensive than an i3. That’s why it never sold well.

martinwinlow

“…To have enough chances to succeed, the British journalists chose the BMW i3 Rex”

Why not just drive an ICE’d car? What’s the point? This isn’t proving to the world that an EV is capable of long distance travel because the i3Rex isn’t an EV. I’m completely bewildered as to the whole idea behind the trip and article!

Next! MW

For non-European readers it may be worth pointing out that even if they drove from England through France and Belgium to get to the Netherlands, it’s still only a few hundred miles. I have driven further in my ZOE in a single day just within England. It’s tricky only because the charge points are on multiple networks.

PVH

This article title says a lot about current available EV technology. I mean like if driving from London to Amsterdam is anything to be considered as “long driving” (300+ miles). Just completed a (European) two day trip from Luxembourg to Lithuania (1000+ miles). Refueled twice.