Updated iRemote shows consumption for all i3

BMW i3 comes with an iRemote app to communicate with the car from your smart phone. You can be anywhere in the world and still touch base with your i3 at home. The app has recently been updated to also work with the BMW i8.

The app has a number of smart features such as:

  • Reading battery status, range and, if the car is charging, the time it takes to fully charge
  • Start heating, either directly or until a specified time
  • Check that doors and windows are closed, lights turned off and when it is time for service
  • Lock or unlock the car, flash the lights or honk the horn
  • Show car location on a map, the way to it (Google maps), how far it can run with current battery status (range ring on map), and where the nearest charging stations can be found
  • Read statistics for last and all trips, including power consumed, regenerated power, mileage and mileage since last charge
  • Calculate the CO2 savings

In the updated version, BMW has redesigned the statistics functions and added an interactive overview matrix with the most important statistic: power consumed, regenerated power, mileage and mileage since last charge.

Clicking one of the four fields shows a graph underneath the matrix with statistics for all trips since the car was purchased. If the setting to compare with webforum has been activated in the settings an average for other owners of the BMW i3 is shown. Here some really interesting data can be read

  • Average fuel consumption amounts to 20.7 kWh / 100 km
  • Average maximum mileage amounts to 125 km
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16 thoughts on “Updated iRemote shows consumption for all i3

    1. Interesting question Ramón. I would have guessed that they are for both BEV and REX but I am not sure. Anyone with a REX that can read the average i3 community consumption from the app so we can compare?

    1. Thanks Johan,
      We have a BEV and the web forum average on the app is 16.9 kW/h this morning and average is showing 138 km.
      With that it looks like that stats are different for BEV and REX just like Ramón was guessing.

    2. Johan, can you give an update on what your app shows now as average consumption in kWh/100km and km/charge? It would be nice to see that now, 5 months after your earlier post and there should be many more BMWi3 REX now.

  1. Hello Johan,
    I’m doing my command very soon, for the REX version.
    When the electric engine’s working… what’s the consumption?
    I mean… If you fullfill a thank, how many “hours” will it be able to produce electricity… or how many kms will it enlarge the autonomy?

  2. Hello, I have 3 questions.
    1- Where I live, I have no GSM/GPRS/UMTS coverage. But my garage, is just at 2m where my Wifi ADSL rooter is . Do you know if the BMWi3 is able to connect to the iremote app, using the WiFi?
    2- I live, in a very cold zone of france (in French Jura at 1200mts altitude, where temps may arrive to -35ºC). in case the iRemote doesn’t work with WiFi, is it possible to program the i3 heating to start everyday at the same hour?
    3- Never had a car with heated seats… In these kinds of temps, is it usefull?
    4-During the test drive, the BMW salesman told the version REX with heated seats, is the only model which heats also the battery… Is this true?
    Thank you for your responses,

    1. Hi Cristovao
      1) The car itself is not able to connect through wifi to my knowledge. However, as I understand it most data is saved on a BMW server and the app is not connecting to the car directly so you will probably be able to see stats etc. But you will not be able to send commands to the car, like starting the heating.
      2) Yes there is a timer function with times and weekdays and it can be set directly from the car interface (if you are not able to use the app)
      3) Yes heated seats are VERY useful. It is quick and energy efficient (keeping low temperature in the car and seat heats on will give you better range)
      4) I believe that is false. What I do know is that only the BEV (without REX) can be ordered with the heat pump that will heat interior and batteries more energy efficient than without. In Sweden the heat pump comes as standard on BEV.

      1. We have heated seats on our BEV.. We are in Phoenix, AZ…I thought what a waste but the other night it got a bit chilly and boy those heated seats were cozy !

        1. Hi John,

          They certainly are cozy. However, I find the low heat (lowest of the three seat heating modes) a bit too warm. I find myself turning it on and off. I would prefer to have less heat on the lowest mode.

          1. I’d agree. I seldom use the two higher settings. They could have lowered the range or even better given seat heaters a manual temp adjustment control, …..and to add more suggestions a the rear camera being on anytime you wanted it would have been excellent too. Overall I’m delighted with this car.

  3. Hi,
    On the REX app average consumption is 17,0kWh/100km and average distance per charge is 120km.

    The distance between charging is not relevant, myself is charging where I have the chance. Some here some there, mostly CCS because I don’t have the opportunity to charge over night at home.

    I’ve driven 10600km so far, 9000km on public free electricity. I wish my landlord let me charge in the garage, I’ll pay for it of course, but they refuse 🙁

    /Johan GBG

    1. Hi, eller hej…jag får inte min community att vara på,, har du nån ide varför den inte kan vara på hela tiden? Vilka i3 bilar jämförs man med, Sverige, hela världen?

  4. Hi,

    I work with high power electronics and as becoming an “aged MD” and have had the opportunity to buy a new car every 2-3 years I decided to buy an i3 without the extender. Im not a car guy in any way so my the choice of the i3 instead of the supposed Merc, Audi or bigger BMW for that matter felt boring. I am completely flabbergasted, it´s a pleasure all the way and every day. I could have become a salesman for BMW with a product like this.
    My colleges, customers and suppliers who visit us can borrow my car whenever they have the possibility and I always get the key back with a big smile.

    However the REX is not to be recommend. The development group at BMW recommend to buy the vehicle without the REX. Less weight thus longer Edrive.
    The charging is not a problem – cars are mostly parked and with access to some kind of outlet so your OK. My previous Audi was parked 82% of the time according it´s computer and with an average speed of 32km/h.

    You have to think in different way. I have a setup of cables, pluggs, chargers. I actually have charged my car with a small single phase generator from Yamaha – it works and hopefully the new models can be placed under the bonnet, at the front. So there you go.

    / Neil Mc Cartney/ GBG/Sweden

    1. Yes I know the surprise that experience of the i3 performance . We have had the car 4 months now and the fun continues…We installed solar panels so the question for us was which one..I thought we’d have to settles for the Leaf..the Tesla was just not the kind of urban car we wanted to be driving every day ..the minute I got behind the wheel of the i3 I was delighted and sold. The BEV range of this car here in Phoenix area is excellent — our average efficiency is holding at 4.3miles/kWh which means a solids 90 miles for a full charge. Looked into Rex but the alternative fuel registration incentive in AZ would have been lost –that would have been an added $700 fee the first year. We have no need for the Rex with our driving pattern. Seldom use more than 50% of the battery and our recharge time frame works perfectly for the level 1 charging …the cost of our electric generation is about .06/kWh (includes the hardware and grid fees) so a full “tank” of electricity costs about $1.20 vs the equivalent 4 gals of gas averaging $8 even at today’s prices. With these savings, I’ll definitely get back my investment for both the car and the panels over the next ten years. Couldn’t ask for more.

  5. Does anybody know if you can retrofit the heated car seats. Are the wiring looms and elements already in the seats? I can see a connector and some wiring underneath each seat. Any information gratefully received. Pete

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