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13-01-2019, 02:04   #571
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Personal preference , lots of people say the seats in lots of cars are comfortable/uncomfortable.

My Mother never complained about the seats in my i3, no one has that's been in it.
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Has she had a test drive? The i3 seats are a bit of a debate, some say they're horrendously uncomfortable while I quite like them.
Yes, she had a test drive, she loved the car, driving position, driver visibility etc!
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Regarding the seats I sometimes find the lower back part (toward the outside) a bit too noticeable at times but overall I like them.
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I'm sure there's a graph somewhere, but just how much does the ambient temperature affect charge speed?

Up here in the North West we have had a shocking CCS shortage for years. The rapid in Letterkenny has just been upgraded to a triple standard charger but it seems very slow!

In the first 30 minutes I've added 14.5kwh. The display on the back of the charger shows a charge rate of 34.3kw.

Its 2.5 degrees, and I had a "spirited" 25 mile drive before plugging in at 6%.

Edit - I left after 40 minutes. 21.6kw added, and when I unplugged the charger was reading 50.3kw output.

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21-01-2019, 21:19   #575
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I'm sure there's a graph somewhere, but just how much does the ambient temperature affect charge speed?

Up here in the North West we have had a shocking CCS shortage for years. The rapid in Letterkenny has just been upgraded to a triple standard charger but it seems very slow!

In the first 30 minutes I've added 14.5kwh. The display on the back of the charger shows a charge rate of 34.3kw.

Its 2.5 degrees, and I had a "spirited" 25 mile drive before plugging in at 6%.

Edit - I left after 40 minutes. 21.6kw added, and when I unplugged the charger was reading 50.3kw output.
Yes that sounds correct, a cold battery will charge slower s it's internal resistance increases slowing down the chemical reaction, sounds like the battery temp was 10-12 Deg C which is normal for any EV.

The battery heater will only come on when plugged in, pre heat selected and an depart timer set at least 4 hrs before departure, it will heat only to 10 Deg C which is really only to provide max regen and acceleration.

My i3 was charged for a few hrs last night and today was sitting all day so by the time I was heading to work tonight I noticed acceleration was sluggish and the power meter did not go all the way to the top.

In the Leaf 24 Kwh I noticed as little as 20-22 Kw regen when the battery was very cold.

The whole thing about battery heating on the i3 is that the i3 always wants to charge to 100% and if plugged in , charged and battery pre-heated to 10 Deg C BMW engineers probably thought that by the time the car needs a fast charge it will be plenty warm, and they are correct, by the time you need a charge it should be close to optimum for max fast charge current, about 20 Deg C.

You can easily check the battery temp , it's super easy, google "BMW i3 hidden menu" and you can easily see battery temp and battery capacity health in Kwh.

All electric cars suffer slower charging speeds with a cold battery.

Charging at higher rates on AC might help to keep it warmer and 11 Kw AC particularly so.

When we went to Galway in December, after staying the night charging speed was about the same 35 Kw and at about 50-55% I unplugged and by the time I got to the next one after charging and driving it was plenty warm.

Highest reading I saw from the charger with the i3 was around 58 Kw.

Again, the Rex saves the day, if your battery is very cold and charging slower you can simply fire up the rex and give it a good trashing which helps to keep it in shape instead of sitting idle for long periods. And after a good drive the battery should be warm enough.

If your battery temp is 8 Deg C it might warm 8 Degrees after 70 odd kms, the faster you go the warmer it will get but the faster you go the more energy you use lol.
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23-02-2019, 15:28   #576
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Who says the i3 is small ?

This is a pretty big lawnmower.



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Is that what the genny looks like?
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Yeah told ye it doesn’t drive the wheels !
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Which are narrower, tyres on i3 or the mower ?
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I spent the day playing Tetris. Otherwise known as fitting all my crap and work gear into the boot!
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27-02-2019, 18:36   #583
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I got the 120 Ah i3 BEV while my own i3 is in for service (quoted 400 euros ) lol

Anyway, it feels different , it feels as if BMW numbed it down , the steering feels less engaging and the suspension feels different. I wonder did they try make it feel more normal because the S is available now ?

I didn't really notice any power difference to be honest.

The motor is more audible.

I love the apple car play integration because the BMW connected no longer works with Spotify or Tune In and I'd say it's more down to Spotify and Tune in. That really p1ssed me off !

I'm really disappointed they didn't have the "S" registered !

I'll probably take it to some back roads in the morning on the way to work and I'll get a much better feel for it, if there's much of a difference I'll probably notice it more when I get mine back, anyway, I've only driven it about 8 -10 Kms.
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27-02-2019, 18:58   #584
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400 sounds a lot.

I got the Ampera serviced in Charles Hurst (to keep the warranty). £250, which I felt was also very expensive. It bugged me that while they looked at a lot, they did less work than the €180 service the Civic IMA got. Granted that was years ago but the price of parts hasn't really changed.
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I noticed the service on my i3 BEV was 260 Sterling for the original owner.
I wonder how much the BEV is to service over here.
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