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BMW i3 I01 (2014 - Current)
The BMW i3 and BMW i8 are the first two cars launch under BMW's new sub brand BMW i. The i3 is an all carbon fiber, all electric vehicle meant for urban mobility.

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Old 07-18-2014, 10:23 PM
Runon MD1 Runon MD1 is offline
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26 miles across the sea...

And from my home in San Diego North County to Lindbergh Field, the main SD airport.

My question is how many days can the car sit unplugged at the airport (if any) assuming a full charge when I leave my house?

I understand that the answer is far different with a Range Extender model, but let's assume it doesn't have that feature.

In other words, if I am gone on a trip for three days, will I return to a vehicle that isn't going anywhere soon?

How much drain is there on the charge if the vehicle just sits there?

Thanks. I apologize if this has been covered already.

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Old 07-19-2014, 07:22 AM
ultraturtle ultraturtle is offline
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Unlike another prominent EV, the i3 has no significant "vampire" draw . One owner from Northern Europe reported zero capacity loss after two weeks sitting in an airport parking lot.

Depending on chemistry, Lithium Ion batteries have about a 1% per month self discharge rate, and that is probably all you need to worry about.
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