Video: i3 Everyday Driving on the Track

by Bernie McGroarty on February 28, 2014, 11:01 am
The BMW i3 features Brake Energy Regeneration, which, when the driver lifts off, the motor acts as a generator and converts the kinetic energy into electricity, which is fed back into the battery for a range gain. This Regeneration is speed-sensitive, which means that the car "coasts" for added efficiency at high speeds, and generates the strong braking effect at lower speeds.

The BMW i3's accelerator pedal has a distinct "neutral" position. Rather than switching straight to energy Regeneration when the driver eases off the accelerator, the electric motor uses zero torque control to separate from the drivetrain and deploy only the available kinetic energy for propulsion. In this mode, the BMW i3 cruises using virtually no energy at all. This is another way anticipatory driving can preserve energy and increase the car's range.

Watch a champion race-car driver Erin Crocker put the BMW i3 to the test, as she demonstrates techniques to meet everyday driving challenges. Her passenger, an EV Owner, is in for the ride of his life.



All you need to know about the i3 here!


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8 responses to Video: i3 Everyday Driving on the Track

Morningcoffee22 commented:
March 2, 2014, 9:22 am

We took a test drive yesterday. My wife and I were impressed with the acceleration and with the car in general. Great car for city driving, running errands and so on. Heater works well. No engine sound,like driving a golf cart. Bosch will install the charging station in your garage for about $7000. We understand the 220v charging station will take about 7 hours to fully charge depleted batteries. BMW did a nice job. We drive a 2013 135is convert. Our car does make engine noise, much to our delight.
mrbelk commented:
March 2, 2014, 8:58 pm

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Originally Posted by Morningcoffee22 View Post
We took a test drive yesterday. My wife and I were impressed with the acceleration and with the car in general. Great car for city driving, running errands and so on. Heater works well. No engine sound,like driving a golf cart. Bosch will install the charging station in your garage for about $7000. We understand the 220v charging station will take about 7 hours to fully charge depleted batteries. BMW did a nice job. We drive a 2013 135is convert. Our car does make engine noise, much to our delight.
$7000? The technician at the BMW Southern Region that spoke at our BMWCCA sneak preview said that the 220V charger was only $1100 or so and that there were incentive from the power company to install it for free.

-MrB
Morningcoffee22 commented:
March 2, 2014, 9:16 pm

We asked about running the 220v power to our garage and installing the charging station equipment in the garage. We were told by a BMW rep the $7000 cost was also eligible to add to the car financing, including leasing. Bosch would do all work under contract from BMW. That's what we were told.
ultraturtle commented:
March 4, 2014, 8:46 am

The i3 will fully charge in about 3 hours from a 240v 32A EVSE. You can easily install one yourself for about $700 (EVSE $600, breaker $15, old work box $2, 8ga wire $0.83/ft), or make your own for less than half that (https://code.google.com/p/open-evse/). If Congress renews the credit, you can recover 30% of the installed cost on your 2014 tax return (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8911.pdf), bringing the net cost to ~ $490.
mattycb commented:
April 26, 2014, 8:02 pm

Is the special charger necessary or will it charge off a regular house outlet in the garage?


Matt, 328xi owner
ultraturtle commented:
April 27, 2014, 5:14 am

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Originally Posted by mattycb View Post
Is the special charger necessary or will it charge off a regular house outlet in the garage?
It will, using the Occasional Use Cable (OUC) provided with the i3, but reaches a full charge in around 20 hours. See 360 Electric at BMWUSA
mattycb commented:
April 27, 2014, 6:58 pm

Many thanks Ultra.


Matt, 328xi owner
Justin@NCBMW commented:
April 28, 2014, 7:27 pm

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Originally Posted by Morningcoffee22 View Post
We asked about running the 220v power to our garage and installing the charging station equipment in the garage. We were told by a BMW rep the $7000 cost was also eligible to add to the car financing, including leasing. Bosch would do all work under contract from BMW. That's what we were told.
The lvl2 7 kW/30A @ 240V wallbox pre installed retails for $1,080.00 before taxes. Not sure why you were told 7K when Bosch will need to go over to your house to complete an install estimate first.

Also, the lvl2 charger will charge the car fully in 3/3.5 hrs