BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

BMW i | July 29th, 2014 by 6
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BMWBLOG’s 2014 BMW i3 in Solar Orange just went Status 150 – Production Started today and we have our VIN.

Choosing an i3 wasn’t a difficult decision.  The tough decision, however, was deciding to get an i3 with or without the Range Extender.  The i3 REx has so much going for it with roughly twice the range and with an onboard generator to cure one’s range anxiety.  Ultimately however, we elected to go for the pure electric variant given our daily driving range and desire to immerse ourselves in a pure electric driving lifestyle.

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Got electric car range anxiety? The i3 Rex has the cure.  The i3 REx has a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline-powered generator, which roughly doubles the i3’s range. In the U.S., when the battery gets to about 6%, the Range Extender kicks in. The Range Extender never directly drives the vehicle’s wheels as it instead just generates electricity.

The system also adds roughly 330 lbs. to the vehicle curb weight and has a fuel capacity of 2.4 gallons in Europe and 1.9 gallons in the US.  Choosing an i3 REx adds $3,850 to the base price of the pure electric (BEV) i3.  In our case, our daily range doesn’t really exceed 50 miles, so we felt comfortable with the i3 pure electric.  It will be interesting to see how the range fluctuates with Midwestern winters.

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As far as options go, we were fairly liberal with checking boxes.  We started with Tera World which adds full leather, comfort access, universal garage door opener and 19” alloy style 428 wheels with 19/155/70’s front 19/175/60 rear tires.  Then we added the Tech and Driving assist package which adds Active Cruise Control, enhanced “Professional” Navigation, BMW Apps and BMW Online as well as Real-Time Traffic.

Though we didn’t really want parking assistant, the Rear View Camera and Park Distance control were more of a necessity as we will be backing our i3 into the garage to its charger.  We are, however, looking forward to playing around with the Parking Assistant just to see how far this technology has come.  Finally, we specked our i3 in Solar Orange and heated seats, which completed our order.

To lease or to buy the i3

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This one was actually far more difficult than I thought.  I have never leased a car before as I like to buy and hold my cars longer than the typical lease.  Though there is no right or wrong answer here, my main reasoning here is that I’ve never owned an electric car before and this is an easier way to tiptoe in.  Leasing will give me a defined amount that three years of driving will cost.  Others feel that the lease is such a bad deal that they recommend purchasing.  Even our EV expert, Tom Moloughney purchased his i3 REx.

A definite downside to leasing is that BMW gives you only $4850 of the $7500 tax credit where other manufactures like Nissan give you the full credit when you lease their Leaf electric car.  BMW states that they can only claim the $4875 in a lease.  Owner’s Choice is one way BMW does give you a way at capturing the full $7500 tax credit via a $7500 loan that is due when you turn the i3 back in.  The purchaser claims the credit on their taxes and keeps the dollars amount to pay back at the end the agreement term.


Charging the i3 from a Solar Array

An electric car plus a Solar array is a pretty sweet combo.  We have a 12 kW system for our house and in July we have consumed 32 kWh while producing a daily average of 53 kWh.  It is summer and the days are longest but even in the winter, I am hoping our Solar System will produce more than we consume.  So we should be able to drive our i3 BEV on solar power while still being a net producer.

BMW i3  – $41,350
Solar Orange Metallic with Frozen Grey accent – $550
Tera World – $2,700
Tech & Driving Asst Package – $2,500
Parking Asst Package – $1,000
Heated Front Seats – $350
Destination & Handling – $925
MSRP – $49,375

We have a production number and the i3 is expected to go into production the week of August 4th.

READ ALSO: How to track your BMW i3 order

6 responses to “BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3”

  1. CDspeed says:

    My i3 is going to be pure electric, since the i3 debuted I’ve been tracking my daily milage, and I know the i3’s range will be great on a daily basis. For the few trips I take each year I’ll either fly, or take advantage of BMW’s free loaner program for i3 owner’s. My i3’s status updated yesterday, it is on a cargo ship right now headed across the Atlantic. I chose the electric only version because I wanted an electric car, and electric cars aren’t supposed to use gas. Plus the performance of the electric version won’t be robbed by the added weight of the REX generator. My i3 will be Ionic silver on Tera leather interior, I’ve also added on every possible option, and I’ve bought several i3 accessories, and BMWi lifestyle accessories.

  2. Otto says:

    How cheat is that ?! I won’t be reading your blog any longer till you buy a decent i8.

  3. George B says:

    Congrats! Did you get the DC quick charge inlet by any chance?

  4. johnbl says:

    We have a 8.25 kw system here in Phoenix area and during March our average solar generation was about 45 kWh/day. We put a little over 1000 miles on our i3 BEV seldom using more than half a battery for any day’s use, and ended March with 455 kWh in excess generation from our roof top solar panels.

    I think without the BEV our usage averages about 15kWh/day and I’m seeing that a half battery recharge pulls about another 12kWh. That will leave us room to add a second BEV at some point in the future. We have not been through a summer yet with those 115°F temps so I curious to see how the A/C draw plus the BEV will impact our usage.

    We easily have gotten by with level 1 charging set at Max. But I soon learned that was a heavy drain on our 15 amp service in the garage; I measured the temperature at the wall plug and it was at 150°F, so now I set the level 1 rate to Reduced when using the garage out-let. When we need a high charging rate we go with the dedicated 20 amps service that supplies the clothes washer easily reachable with the level 1 OEM charging unit and that out-let easily handles the Maximum draw at level 1 without over heating.

    Our car had a blown tire after hitting a damage road marker. That was a $217 set back so I’ve gotten all four tires now covered by road hazard insurance from our local Discount Tires outlet..that was $100 and without a spare we continue to carry our road-side assistance coverage since BMW will only take us to a car to a local BMW dealer. My only disappointment is with the windshield which shows minor scratches from cleaning it..something I’ve never seen on any previous vehicle I’ve owned.

    Good luck with your new i3 and I’ll continue to watch your future postings.

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