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