14 Jul BMWi3 Review
When I first told Ray, I wanted an electric car, he was surprisingly all for it.
We had downloaded the fair app and started to compare our choices. Before we fully committed to the idea, I downloaded three apps. Plugshare, Chargepoint & ChargeHubEV. I searched all the areas where we spend most of our time, to ensure there were affordable parking places to charge.
Luckily, there are over 100 charging ports near our area. (thanks L.A). With the reassurance of being able to park & charge everywhere and anywhere, we chose the BMW i3.
I don’t have a license, so take my advice with a grain of salt. I LOVE THE CAR. Not only are we decreasing our carbon footprint & saving so much money on gas, we also look pretty cool doing it. I’m not a car salesman, so I can’t really indulge in all the great features, but I’ll try to explain the most important things with using an electric car.
Transitioning to an electric car may be intimidating. Let me try to explain how the charging works. At this time, our car, at full charge, provides 80 miles. Since we are in the middle of the city & drive locally, this works best for us. If you are in a more suburban area, you’ll probably need a car with higher mileage or a range extender.
The best part about the charging is the way it’s calculated. The better you drive, the higher mileage cap you have. ( it’s based on your last drive ). The car has three categories, one being Eco Pro +. Which means, if you drive under 56 mph, you will have the most amount of miles your car can hold So if you drive safely, you’ll cap out at the max every time you charge. If you drive like a hooligan, you’ll run through your charge much more quickly & spend extra time charging.
Charging is simple. You have to plan ahead. When we are out and about, I always look for local places to charge. No sense in parking the car, if you can’t plug it in. There are places where you can park for a fee but charge for free. We have a spot near Venice beach, which is $1 per hour to park and you can charge for free. At that port, it takes 4 hours to reach 100% charge. All ports vary, there are superchargers & regular chargers. It’s all about the research. Ideally, we like to park and charge for free. However, that’s not always the case.
As I mentioned before, I downloaded three apps. Plugshare, Chargepoint & ChargeHubEV. ChargePoint is one of my favorites; you can add it your apple wallet and connect via Bluetooth. Just scan the charging post while pressing your home button & boom you’re ready to charge. Our last charge gave us 44 miles in 3 hours for about four bucks. You can not beat those prices.
In the future, once I own a home, I’ll invest in a home charger. The car does come with an at home charging cord, but it takes forever to load fully. It’s not even worth it to us to keep it plugged in at home.
Some other cool features of the car include; leather seats, built-in GPS / satellite radio & backup camera. Sensors all around the vehicle to avoid hitting objects or people haha. It’s technically a two-door. However, you don’t need to get up to let the person behind you out. The doors open towards each other, so you can open the door, and the person can get out. (that was much harder to explain then I thought, bare with me here people).
The most important part of owning an electric car is understanding how charging work. You don’t have to understand all of the kwh crap. Just find charging ports near your area! We plan on driving to San Diego for my birthday, which will be a challenge since it’s long distance! I will be writing a post on our trip & how we plan to get there! See you soon!