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No pressure then... thanks Kevin. Question; I have 2 x 32A J1772 connections at home; but no Mennkes socket yet; I have 2 requirements before taking delivery of the BMW i3 on Wednesday:
  • Anyone got a Commando to Mennekes box of tricks (mine is Commando to J1772) I can borrow
  • Anyone know of SSC Combo Rapid Chargers ON THE GROUND that I could use to charge?
 

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I may be able to produce one for Wednesday... basically a Type 2 version of the EVSE you built... let me know if that would help :)
Certainly would Kevin; I have the BMW i3 Wednesday to Friday morning.
 

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Certainly would Kevin; I have the BMW i3 Wednesday to Friday morning.
I have one for this coming weekend (although a REx), courtesy of Chandlers BMW in Hove. I also have the J1772 problem - thankfully I'll have sole use of a 32A GE Durastation nearby.

I'm already convinced (order is drafted). It's my OH who needs indoctrinating - she was less than keen on the Active E. My 7yo is fully on board though - ever since his first ride in a Gen II Plug-In Prius prototype I had for a week about 6 (good lord, is it that long?) years ago. But as well all know in these situations, 2 fellas' opinions are not enough by default.
 

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There was a guy on the i3 forum who was there from the beginning, doing a lot of research about the car before it was officially launched last July, posting loads of info on the forum such as spy pics and tech specs etc. He even flew out to motor shows abroad to look at the car before it came to the UK.

Then, when the first i3's arrived in the UK he went to see one but his partner did not like the interior (in particular the kenaf fibre door panels) and she didn't think it was luxurious enough so after all that time and effort he ended up having to drop the idea of buying one.

Just telling you so that you can prepare the answers in advance ;-)
 

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There was a guy on the i3 forum who was there from the beginning, doing a lot of research about the car before it was officially launched last July, posting loads of info on the forum such as spy pics and tech specs etc. He even flew out to motor shows abroad to look at the car before it came to the UK.

Then, when the first i3's arrived in the UK he went to see one but his partner did not like the interior (in particular the kenaf fibre door panels) and she didn't think it was luxurious enough so after all that time and effort he ended up having to drop the idea of buying one.

Just telling you so that you can prepare the answers in advance ;-)
Sounds like he better wait for a 3 series 40Kwh BEV :) BMW i340 :)
 

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Not sure I'd call it cheap but it's all relative I guess. I'm used to cheap interiors so I think the i3's interior is ace but this guy's wife was coming from a high end car so she was disappointed.

What's also not so good is even if you upgrade the interior to the top level the kenaf door panels still remain so there is no way to avoid them if you really don't like them.
 

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Mine is not so worried about fit and finish, more the cramping (She didn't like the CLK we once had, either) which hopefully won't be an issue, and the whole "BMWness" of the thing. Mind you - if I have to resort to Clarkson doctrine regarding Audi, I will consider that a defeat.
 

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My ride for the next 2 days;
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70 miles clocked up on day 1; after the first 2 rides finally got over the vicious acceleration matched by vicious, non adjustable regen braking. This is a very different way of approaching EV driving. I've got the afternoon off tomorrow and will give it a good run again then start gathering my thoughts.

This demonstrator is not rapid-charge enabled but comes with the 7.4kw / 32A charger that added 33% of the battery in under an hour, impressive vs the LEAF Mk2 6.6kw charger. Also middy amusing that this was at a Toyota dealership...

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The biggest issue so far the road noise from the front; I assume its the big wheels and thin tires; it's akin to a badly worn wheel bearing....
 

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The biggest issue so far the road noise from the front; I assume its the big wheels and thin tires; it's akin to a badly worn wheel bearing....
I got that on the 20 min test drive I did last week. It does indeed have a periodic quality to the sound. It reminded me of the time I scored the front discs on my Escort 16v. Not that jarring, but noticeable.

The i3 regen to me is reminiscent of the Active E - the Mini E was much more pronounced and would tip me forward. Quite a feat, frankly.
 

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Grant, presume you know about the three driving modes ? (the switch down next to the i-drive controller). I've seen a few i3 owners say they prefer commuting in the ECO-PRO mode because it makes for more relaxing driving by slightly damping down the throttle response without overly restricting the climate control & top speed too much (which ECO-PRO+ does).

Also, I saw your comment on twitter about struggling a bit with the active cruise control. This is a little video a UK owner did which explains a bit about it, such as the what the icons mean on the screen. You also need to keep your hands on the wheel or else it turns off.

 
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