i3 owner on ski trip

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.

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14 thoughts on “i3 owner on ski trip

  1. Thank you for posting this information. This was my last outstanding question about i3. Hahaha, wow, that Guilietta was really covered in snow!!!

  2. Hej,

    Tack för svar om SIXT. Skall se om jag beställer en I3. Tror dock att jag kommer att behålla Subaru Outbacken under en period för att se hur vi använder I3:an i så fall. Kanske kan man sälja Subarun och kasta in det värdet i huslånet….alla bäckar små…

    1. Personally I do not have a REX so maybe someone that has can help. From what I understand the REX is powerful enough to generate power to continue driving on a highway.

  3. Hi,
    my experience with i3 REx is that charge from REx is enough to drive on highway as long as you wish (If you have petrol for that, of course 🙂 ). REx gives you enough power to drive i3 in Comfort mode at 120km/h (Uppsala-Gävle) even if temp is 10 degrees below zero without loosing battery capacity. A test with REx working at 70km/h for a distance of 20 km REx charge my battery with 2%! even if BMW says that REx can not charge the high volt battery. Choice REx (36.000 SEK) and don’t add quick charge (15.100 SEK)! Then you have a car without cruising range anxiousness (‘räckviddsångest’) for 20.900 SEK. I also think that a car with REx is more marketable. Hopefully you can use SIXT even if you have choice Rex, but you still have the opportunity to take the REx to the mountain. And hire ski instead of a car. If that is cheaper I really don’t know. 🙂

    1. Many valid points and the math is correct. Good to have some arguments that balances my preferences and choice of a pure BEV. 🙂

      1. Yes, I could think that is a possible reason.
        After my first trip Gävle-Stockholm-Gävle I will be back with a report. And there you have the reason why my choice was a REx instead of a BEV. When the car is ‘at home’ it uses as a BEV, no petrol at all has been used (except the test above) since the car arrived to Gävle.

        1. Here comes the report from Gävle-Stockholm-Gävle in a i3 REx.
          I start with the goal to reach Stockholm without any stop. I have only 2 km to the highway ( E4) from my home. I started in Eco pro mode (Eco pro+ was not an option when the temperature is -5.5 C outside) at 90km/h as long as I was driving on battery. It is not possible to start the engine when the battery is over 75% load. When I start the engine I increase to 110km/h. I notice that the breakpoint for driving without draining battery is in the range 100-110km/h. When I slipstream in 110km/h behind another car I dont loose anything from the battery, but when I was alone on the road i lost about 1-2 % per 10km of driving. So the answer of the question if i3 deliver enough with Power to drive on highway I will answer yes. But don’t drive to fast.
          I drive 176 km before I was reach my destination, 75% of the time in 110km/h. In Stockholm city I drive without Rex :-). Fuel filled in Stockholm, and in Uppsala on my way home. 22 km from Gävle I could shut down the engine for Electric drive. 6% left when I was back home. I was satisfied after 380 km in 12 hours. My REx is now used as a BEV until next time I go to the big Town in the South.

  4. Hi, thanks for sharing your experience; good to hear that it works well even for longer trips. I mainly drive in the city though, but occasionally longer distance. After one month in this lousy weather (Stockholm) I have hardly used the REX, twice only for a few kms

  5. Hej, jag har en fråga angående Add on mobility. Skicka gärna ett mail till mej så tar jag frågan den vägen. Mvh / Magnus

    1. Hi Magnus,

      Please post the question here on the forum and I will try to answer it best I can. You may ask the question in Swedish if you want.

  6. Hej igen,

    Först vill jag tacka för en bra blog!

    Fråga kan vara lite känslig, varför jag inte är säker på om den passar att lägga på forumet direkt.

    Planerar att byta tjänstebil om några månader. Har tittat på elbil som jag tror passar mej då jag kör mest korta resor i Sthlm. Problemet är de tillfällen då man ska till fjällen på semestern eller längre resor i tjänsten.

    Fråga 1: Om man utnyttjar Add on mobility hur hanterar man förmånsvärde då? Har du några tankar kring om man ska;
    1, räkna ut differansen mellan förmånsvärde på hyrbilen och i3’an för de dagar man hyr.
    2, inte göra något åt förmånen på i3’an och förmånsbeskatta för hyrbilen för hyrdagarna / dagar per månad
    3, Beräkna hyrbilen som en löneförmån där man betalar in arbetsgivaravgift och skattar privat för förmånen.
    4, Hyra via Add on mobility privat för privata körningar och dra fördel av rabatterna (som troligen borde beskattas som förmån) och ta hyror som är tjänsteresor på företaget (då borde man ev dra av förmån för i3’an)
    5, Inte bry sig i och med att Add on mobility är en del av leasingen och förmånsvärdet på i3’an redan kan anses ha med detta i kalkylen förmånskalkylen. Dvs, ställ inte frågan och väck inte den björn som sover.

    Fråga 2: Om man nyttjar Add on mobility mycket blir man uppgraderad ytterligare då hos Sixt? Dvs, kan man gå vidare från start rabatten motsvarande Guld nivå till Platinum?

    1. Hej Magnus,
      I keep these questions regarding Swedish tax system in native tongue only…
      1) Utan att vara skattejurist så skulle mitt råd vara att hålla det väldigt enkelt. Grunden för förmånsvärde baseras framförallt på tillgång till en specifik bil. Jag skulle göra antagandet att ett köp av en i3 kommer med vissa begränsningar (t ex räckvidd) och fördelar (t ex rabatt på hyrbil). Utifrån detta perspektiv skulle jag förmånsbeskatta i3 enligt gängse normer utan pålägg eller avdrag för Add on mobility och sedan hyra bil från SIXT (inkl rabatt) som betalas av företaget om hyrbilen används i tjänsten och av dig privat om det är fråga om egna utflykter.
      2) Vet inte. Jag har bara använt förmånen ett par enstaka gånger.

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