BMW i3 2015 electric car owner review

BMW i3 2015 electric car owner review

Russell P drives a BMW i3 60Ah 2015 electric car.

This is Russell P’s first electric car, he’s owned the BMW i3 for 6-7 years and drives 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 30,000-40,000 miles and he achieves 80 miles range from a full charge.


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Why did you choose this electric car?

Options were limited at the time. Like that it was designed as an EV from the ground up, not converted from an ICE model.


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

  • Cheap to run
  • Little risk of rust
  • Instant torque.


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

  • No CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Auto park is too slow
  • The rear bumper is easily scratched at the boot lip.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

Airbag recall. Emergency filler release broke when needed.


What are the standout tech features of the car?

Remote cabin heat/cooling.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car

Carbon fibre frame, plastic body.


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

Intend to keep this one for years and years.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

BMW Wallbox Pro – not recommended. No support from installer/manufacturer, unable to enable smart charger features & oversized.


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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Octopus Economy 7 – recommended. Octopus is brilliant, the customer service is outstanding. Range of tariffs to suit, including the export tariff.


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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

InstaVolt – always reliable.


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

  • InstaVolt
  • Osprey
  • Gridserve.


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

AXA – no preference.


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



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