The BMW i3 is anything but the average car. Not only is it BMWs first electric offering, it’s also the only car available today that has an optional auxiliary power unit; the range extender. It’s really unlike any car that’s ever been available, and unsurprisingly, it’s often misunderstood.
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Most people really don’t understand how the range extender works; what it can do, and what its limits are. This is, unfortunately even true for many of the client advisers selling them! So getting information on how the car works out there is very important. BMW has produced a series of videos that help to explain the i3. While very helpful to new owners, they don’t go into too much of the technical details that many people are also interested in.
Enter BMW i3 owner and engineer, David Bricknell. Earlier in the year, David published a book called “Electric Vehicles and the BMW i3” that was full of technical information, including detailed charts and graphs. The success of the book inspired him to create a 2nd edition, which provides an even deeper dive and more information than before. David kindly asked me if I would wrote the foreword for this edition, and I happily accepted.
Whether you’re an i3 owner, a data junkie, or just an all around an electric vehicle enthusiast, I believe you’ll find the book very interesting and extremely informative. There’s so many technical details in there, I bet the BMW engineers who designed the i3 could learn something by reading it! Electric vehicles are very different than the cars we’ve all gotten used to driving. The more information we have on these vehicles the better understood they’ll be, which will lead to faster adoption.
I’d gladly pay $20 for this book, but the best part is you don’t have to pay anything. David is offering it for free. It’s available for download on iTunes or for reading on issuu. Please leave comments below after reading it. I’d like to know your thoughts and suggestions on what could be added to make it even better.