BMW i3 2017 electric car owner review

BMW i3 2017 electric car owner review

Peterboat drives a BMW i3 Range Extender 2017 electric car.

This is Peterboat’s third electric car, he’s owned the BMW i3 for 1-2 years and drives between 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 50,000-60,000 miles and he achieves 140 miles range from a full charge.


Rate your i3 out of 5.

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Why did you choose the BMW i3?

Lightweight, rust-resistant and lots of recycled materials are used in its manufacturing. Love the styling both internal and external, rapid acceleration and real one-pedal driving. The range extender (REx) is a much-needed item in the current rapid uptake of EVs as public charging can be very hit or miss.


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

  • Lightweight
  • Very economical, currently 5.2 miles kWh
  • Well made.


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

  • Lack of airflow without the fan being on.


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



What are the standout tech features of your BMW i3?

Big sat nav screen that tells you if roads are blocked & profiles are assigned to the keys.


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

The passenger mirror when turning hard left moves in and out so you can see if you are too close to an object on that side when going forward.


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

MORRIS JE as a campervan.


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

Rolec – it works!


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


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

E.ON Next


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


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

Pod Point – it’s reliable and often free.


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

  1. Pod Point
  2. Gridserve.


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

Direct Line – they are reasonable in cost.


Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


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



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