BMW i3S 2018, Mike Reeves – EV Owner Review

BMW i3S 2018, Mike Reeves - EV Owner Review

What name would you like to appear in the review? 
Mike Reeves


What is the make and model of your EV?


What year was your EV registered?


How long have you owned your EV?
1 – 2 years


What is your estimated annual mileage?
10,000 – 15,000


What is the mileage on your EV?
10,000 – 20,000 miles


How many EVs have you owned?
This is my 2nd


What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?


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Why did you choose this car?
The i3 is a design icon designed as a purpose-built EV (not an electrified ICE car). It is also amazing to drive and very well-made. I like the styling which stands out from the crowd and especially the rear-hinged back doors! Performance and handling on the S version is greatly improved from the original and this particular car is very well spec’d with sunroof, HK sound and reverse camera.


Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car.

  • Space-age looks
  • Super-smooth especially in traffic
  • Instant acceleration.


BMW i3S 2018, Mike Reeves - EV Owner Review


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car.

  • Have to climb up to get in it
  • Have to stretch to wipe inside of windscreen
  • Indicators don’t easily self-cancel.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
None. Had one puncture.


What are the standout tech features of the car?
Lightweight carbon chassis, HV battery management system & an excellent infotainment screen.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
Climatisation (incl. de-icing) and battery pre-conditioning from a smartphone.


Rate your EV out of 5.


What car are you interested in next and why?
No plans. Ideally stick with same i3 but plusher interior.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Just the 3-pin home charging brick cable.


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus Energy – great customer service and cheap overnight rate.


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Gridserve – easy to use, no apps or membership. Ad-hoc contactless.


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

  • Gridserve
  • Instavolt


Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?


Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an EV compared to a petrol/diesel car.


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