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Old 03-30-2017, 09:13 PM
maybei3time maybei3time is offline
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Provided 110V i3 cable length!?

So sorry if this has been asked a million times but I literally can't find this info anywhere. Simply... how long is the provided charge cable for the i3? I ask because I am doing an extended test drive next week and need to know if I'll be able to charge in my garage. I'll need 10-12 feet to reach the outlet. Sales guy I talked to said it's about 7-feet but that seems really short. Especially considering the one provided with the Prius Prime (my other choice) is 24'! BTW, I am experiencing much better customer service so far from BMW than Toyota, so much so I may base my decision on that alone!
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:12 AM
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IF it weren't snowing right now (probably not an issue in CA!), I'd go out and check, but think you'll be okay. They specifically tell you not to use an extension cord, but, if you have a high quality, not overused (so the socket and pins aren't loose in the thing), one of sufficient wire gauge (at least 14g, but 12g would be better), that can work. Also note that, while you might not want to back into the garage with an ICE, it's no big deal to do that with the EV, since you'll not be trapping exhaust fumes there or have a problem with them getting into the house. Swapping the 'normal' side of the vehicle may mean the length will become a non-issue. One thing many people do not realize, is that when using a high current device, one should NOT leave the cord coiled up unless you coil it say on the floor in a figure-8. High current through a coil of wire will act like a transformer (coiling it in a figure-8 cancels the magnetic fields, so it won't heat up), losing power via heat and magnetic fields. This is true for your EVSE cord, do not want to leave parts of it coiled tightly - it will get warm, and you'll actually be wasting money and lengthen your charging time because it will cause a voltage drop at the car.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:56 AM
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If you decide to use an extension cord, you could always go to your big box home improvement store and buy enough wire and assemble your own plug on one end and outlet on the other (they sell it by the foot). That way you get exactly the length you need, not too much and not too little. It would probably be good to at least match the gauge of the supplied cord. YMMV.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:08 PM
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The answer is 17-FEET.
I am currently borrowing a 2017 i3 loaner and absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! So does my wife, which makes the actual purchase much more likely to happen!
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