If you own an i3 and are going on a ski trip, you better leave your precious car at home. Swedish owners of BMW i3 have ‘Add-on Mobility’ included that gives substantial discount on rental cars from SIXT.
BMW states that the privilege provides “up to 20 % discount” but the prices I compared are often considerably better than that. When I checked the coming weekend (Fri 17:00 – Sun 17:00) with pickup at Stockholm Central Station I can get a BMW 116 for 334 SEK/day or a BMW 5 touring for 543 SEK/day to give some examples. All prices are almost exactly 30% lower than when I look at the same cars and the rental period without logging on to the site.
Should you need the BMW 116 a full week (Fri 17:00 – Fri 17:00) the price is 304 SEK/day. Instead of selecting the Range Extender (REX) for 36 000 SEK, it is possible to rent a car 118 days or the equivalent of two weeks per year for the first eight years.
Some desirable weekends, such as the Swedish midsummer, the BMW 116 will cost slightly more (403 SEK/day).
One advantage is of course that you get the same benefits outside Sweden, as when we just took off to the Italian Alps for winter holidays. However, one should note that when you log in with BMW id at SIXT there are BMW cars listed for hire. The local stations may, however, not have BMWs and will give you an equivalent car. A BMW 1-series will for example translate to an Alfa Romeo Giulietta in Italian.
BMW i3 has a feature on the iRemote app called ‘Route to vehicle’ showing the car on a Google map and guide you to it. It might be useful at some point if you forgot where you parked your car. In Italy I really missed this functionality.
Imagine that you park the car on a large parking outside the hotel in the evening. When you wake up there is an additional 120 cm of snow! It’s not easy to find the car. Using that key to flash the lights did not help – it was just to dig in.