BMW is currently in the midst of a lawsuit for the BMW i3 REx (Range Extender) from a Californian owner who claims that the i3 REx’s speed plummets to dangerous levels when the range extender kicks in. Apparently, when the battery is depleted and the REx has to kick in, there is a sudden and drastic loss of power that can be very dangerous if traveling at speed.
According to Edo Tsoar, the plaintiff, this has happened to him multiple times and has caused him to stop driving more than 80 miles in his BMW i3. His lawsuit is asking for damages to be payed by BMW to all BMW i3 REx drivers nationwide or possibly for BMW to buy the vehicles back.
BMW chose not to comment on this lawsuit while it is ongoing. “We cannot comment on the matter now that it’s in active litigation,” BMW told Business Insider.
This lawsuit does come as a bit of a shock and one must wonder if this is a small isolated incident. The BMW i3 REx has been on sale for a couple of years now and this is the first we’re hearing of such an issue. It’s certainly possible for this to be true and maybe there is a serious issue, but it’s odd that it’s coming out of nowhere with no other owners claiming the same issue.
We’ve driven the i3 REx, as have many owners, fans and journalists alike, and we’ve never recorded or heard of such issues. Obviously, that doesn’t mean such an issue cannot arise, but it is a bit curious.
We’ll see how this plays out soon enough, as the lawsuit was only filed this past Tuesday, but so far BMW has chosen not to comment, as per usual during ongoing litigation. Because of this, we won’t really know how real this issue is or if it’s just a isolated incident. We will keep you updated as we get new information.