First U.S. BMW i3 Owner Still Loves His Electric Car

MAY 22 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 4

Just over one year ago, Tuft’s University professor Charles Rabie obtained the first ever BMW i3 sold here in the US.

BMW has sold over 9,000 i3 units since then. Need some info on the i3? Click here.

BMW i3

So… Which one of these i3s is Rabie’s…

So, how has his i3 served him so far? Rabie made lots of comments on his i3. Let’s go down the list:

“We really love the car. It’s lived up to its performance and it’s fun to drive.”

Affordability & operating costs:

“Massachusetts essentially gives you your down payment back and the monthly payments are about what you’d pay for gas, so the car is basically free.”

“There’s a filling station in Beverly and some nice restaurants. We had lunch, filled up, and continued to the beach and there was plenty of energy to get home.”

Charging infrastructure concerns:

“It’s up and coming. You have many choices in Brookline, Cambridge, Boston, and don’t have to pay to charge your vehicle in many of them.”

However, he added that some of these stations may “impose a parking fee.

Winter condition(s) performance:

Rabie added that his i3 performed “okay, but not great” in these severe winter conditions. He further added:

“It normally gets 80 miles in summer, but that drops to 50 to 60 miles in the winter.” “That’s a bit of an impediment, not just because of its reduced urban range, but it would also prevent us from going on a ski trip or any long distance.”

Final comments in regards to EV incentives:

“What I like about Massachusetts is the tax credit applies for a lease as well as a purchase. Massachusetts essentially gives you your down payment back and the monthly payments are about what you’d pay for gas, so the car is basically free.”

Sorry MA, no HOV or “EV only” parking for you… yet:

“Massachusetts does not give that privilege yet. I would like to see more aggressive incentives from the government that will spark more EV sales.”

Source: Boston

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4 Comments on "First U.S. BMW i3 Owner Still Loves His Electric Car"

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“It normally gets 80 miles in summer, but that drops to 50 to 60 miles in the winter.”

If he got the first i3, it’s a REX. There you go, literally.

Bill Howland

He wants questions? I’ve got one. If from the menu you can select 16 amps for level one charging, why is it the charger bricks supplied with the car are only good for 12?

Art Isbell

From the menu, one can select “Maximum”, not 16 amps. The EVSE signals to the i3 the maximum current that it can provide at its circuit’s voltage. The EVSE supplied by BMW signals that it can provide 12 amps at 120 volts. If the i3’s charging menu is set to “Maximum”, the i3 will request the full 12 amps that the EVSE can provide. If the menu is set to “Reduced”, the i3 requests 10 amps and 8 amps at “Minimum”.

If a L1 EVSE signals that it can provide 40 amps, the i3 will request only 30 amps at the “Maximum” setting because 30 amps is the maximum continuous current that that i3’s charger can handle.

The EVSE supplied by BMW is limited to 12 amps because that’s the maximum continuous current that a common 15 amp circuit available in many garages can provide.

Foo

I didn’t know Abe Vigoda drove an i3.