BMW i3 REx Long Distance Question

Discussion in 'i3' started by Viking79, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    No, made the trip in only a few more hours than a regular car. I just need to finish writing my blog. To make the trip in this amount of time requires the use of gas. Actually, I saw a several of the same cars pass me throughout the day, so those cars obviously weren't making better average time. Even if driving 10 mph faster.

    Although I dropped to 30 mph in a few spots for a short amount of time, my average moving speed was still close to 65 or 70 mph. I was never really a hindrance to traffic as it is easy to pass a vehicle that speed. Slow vehicles are only a problem in the passing lanes (what slows up traffic is a vehicle passing another at like 0.5 mph faster).
     
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  2. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Active Member

    Coded so you have more battery reserve and hills are no longer a problem.

    Bob Wilson
     
  3. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    Exactly, I will do that if I do another long trip, but honestly, that is why we have the Clarity PHEV. It has no trouble holding 80 mph.
     
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  4. Tom

    Tom New Member

    I like the 'jerry can' idea. It never occurred to me that the frunk would be ideal for such a thing. Any problems with spillage/leakage? I did a little online shopping and it looks like there are some that are pretty tight. I suppose a 2.5 gallon can would be the ultimate in ending 'range anxiety'. I've always thought that the little gas tank the i3 has (which is entirely a product of CARB rules) would itself give anxiety from the start. i.e. when most gas cars hit 'E', there's still a gallon or two in 'reserve' anyway so starting at 2 gallons wouldn't alleviate many people's concern regarding running out of gas if the battery was already bled down (which it would be if not coded). Their lifelong experience with ICE vehicles would leave them to feel (correctly) that the last couple gallons of gas in a vehicle is not to be trusted. They'd carry that forward to the i3 I think and start from a place of discomfort and feel they'd immediately need to look for a gas station once the battery was depleted and the vehicle was running on gas. I wonder if BMW has done any focus groups on that idea. Or it could be that I'm just making something out of nothing. Opinions?
     
  5. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Active Member

    The "Briggs and Stratton" 2.5 gal gas can fits perfectly. I carry an empty one around town. Only when leaving on a cross country trip do I put gas in it. I've also coded the tank size using Bimmercode that brings the usable from 1.9 to 2.3 gallons as well as enabling the EU option to turn on the REx early.

    In a day or so, I plan to do a max EV range test to a Tennessee fast DC charger put in by the VW diesel fine. It is at the maximum BMW i3-REx EV range but I'm not worried.

    Bob Wilson
     

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