152 BMW i3 in Sweden

Just back from holiday there is statistics published by Bil Sweden showing that in late July there were 152 BMW i3 on Swedish roads.

The number of registered i3 topped with 38 cars in March and has since remained at just under 20 per month. In recent months the majority have been REX i3s (with Extender) and these are soon double the number of BEV (only electricity).

Registered July 2014

July recorded a large number of the Nissan Leaf (62 cars) and the total is now 181 registered in 2014. End of July there are as many Tesla Model S as VW E-UP! (137 cars each).

In total just over 100 000 cars were registered in Sweden during the first seven months of 2014. BEV and PHEV totaled 2 554 (2.5%).

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12 thoughts on “152 BMW i3 in Sweden

  1. I am happy to join the “club”, my REX was delivered in 21.7. My first trip was Stockholm – Trollhättan via Nyköping, Linköping, Jönköping, Borås. The rex was really needed, as the supercharger in Jönköping was out of order. Some reflections:
    – after some hundreds of kilometers I fully trust on the rex. Best to start it manually when you have 25% battery remaining. Then it has the full performance in any conditions as long you have fuel. No problem driving uphill in 130 with aircondition on! The e-range may drop by 1-2 kilometers but in the next downhill it recovers. You can practically drive as far as you like, just refilling the gas when neccessary
    – the superchargers in Sweden are so far free and work well as far they work. Just to plug in and charge. They still seem ro have problems, we experienced it in Jönköping.
    – the supercharger can only load one car at the time, even if it has two cables ( CCS and ChaDeMo). Once I had a Nissan Leaf owner waiting when I came back from the coffee break. He couldn’t charge before I disconnected my cable.
    – the supercharger works on 110 Amp up to 80% ( takes up to 20 minutes) but after that the charging slows down. The last 15% are charged as slow as with the standard charger. I heard that in the future we will pay per minute when using the quick chargers which makes sense.
    – some things to learn, but so exiting! The car is really complete. One hint: when using cruise control, do not disable with the break pedal. It gives a immediate break effect as your foot is on the break and not on the gas pedal. Keep the foot on the gas pedal and push the cruise control button once in the steering wheel (it releases the control but does not disable the function, so you can resume). Then you can lift up the gas smoothly

    1. Hi Matti

      Welcome to the club! Thanks for summarising your experience from the long journey. With unreliable rapid chargers I have not yet had the guts to take our BEV on a trip like that. Still happy to hear that most chargers were working as intended.

      As you describe it takes some time to learn how to disable the cruise control. I used the button on the steering wheel a few times but if you do not have the foot on the gas pedal it gives an unpleasant break as the regeneration is noticeable.

      Nevertheless – a very impressive car! I had problems convincing my wife to buy one but now I have to be quick in the morning so that I do not end up with our boring diesel.

    2. Just curious, how many kWh does it take to full recharge the battery from flat to 100% ? And have you ever tried to charge it at home from an ordinary 230 V socket ? if so, how many kWh in that case, did you notice any difference from fast charge case ?

      1. The i3 is powered by a 22 kilowatt-hour battery pack. The usable capacity is 18,7 kilowatt-hours. So, when it is “fully charged” it actually is only charged to 85%. The car display and the App shows 100% as it is the practical level, the charging stops at that 85& for technical reasons (the batteries do not like to be charged to 100%, the get damaged of that, I heard). I use daily the 230V ordinary socket, the socket is 16 A but the charger only uses 12A (in the max mode). There is a setting in the car where you can select the level of charging (max, reduced, low) corresponding to something like 12, 10 and 6A. I keep it on the max as my socket is 16A. It is recommended that you set it to low in case you are unsure of the socket. Of course, the time for charging is dependent on this setting.
        With the standard charger that comes with the car, using an ordinary 230V 16A socket, the car is fully charged every morning even if the battery level has been so low that the car already mails you a message that you should charge it 🙂 My daily driving seldom consumes more than 50% of the capacity, so I actually don’t any more always bother to charge it overnight. I heard that the best level for the battery is 50 – 80%, it will last longer if you keep it there. If this is true for the i3 batteries is unsure, I was told this by a Leaf owner who said it is mentioned even in the manuals for Leaf. The chemistry in the Leaf differs from i3, although. Maybe someone knows better?

        By the way, has anyone experience already from winter tires? I noticed that Nokian announces a new fiction tire Hakkapeliitta R2 that seems to have the 155/70/19 dimension available – some competition for Bridgestone in that case if this is true.

  2. Hello.
    I am one of the 10 new REX owners in July on Lease.

    After 3300 km I am more than satisfied with i3. Full clean sheet so far.

    I have used REX engine sporadically mostly to make sure I can discovered anything that needs to be fixed (warranty).
    I haven’t had any reason use it yet.

    I also have Wallbox installed at home and for me it has proven usefull for the occasional top off during a weekend day. It is very convienient as I can leave the AC adapter in the car.

    So far, I have only used DC charger from Vattenfall in Solna (CCS) just to test. I realy don’t need it in a normal day.


  3. Hi Andre

    Thanks for sharing your experience. 3300 km in an electric car in just two months is impressive. I understand that you need the REX and a wallbox, but would it not be better to pass one of the rapid charges when you need to top off during a weekend day? 20 minutes and you continue your activities. As you say it is only occasional and the cost is high in Sweden (15 000 SEK, approx 1600 EUR).

    As I am sure you have noticed I opted out of both REX and wallbox. Decisions I have never regretted since they match my driving pattern. Of course I respect that we all have different needs.

    1. Hi all,

      I got my REX 21.7. And have now about 4300 km on it. All works fine, and I have already forgotten the fossile ages, would newer go back to that. I drive about 50 km/day and some times overnight in a place without charging. Still, no need for Rex except when driving long distance once. Rex works well when needed, nice extra equipment. The car works fine in everyday use when you have a charging point at home and at work. The normal charger that comes with the car is actually enough.

      Soon time for winter tires. I saw that Nokian would have the 155/70×19″ dimention for their new hakkapeliitta tires. Any more knowledge regarding that? Any hints on buying the rims separately?

  4. Hi all

    REX – it was like choosing a new insurance. I never had the thought of using it everyday. It was like a pill against range anxiety. I still have plans to travel to Barsebäck with the car for a few rounds of golf though. Today, with gained experience with i3, I would have revalued this insurance (it is not that important today as it was back when I ordered the car)
    Wallbox – Well, I don’t have a garage or carport to park my i3 and I wanted something practical and reliable, and faster. The AC charge adapter that came with the car can only do 9A on 10A outlet. On the wallbox it is 16A. On a typical weekend day, with my children activities, I sometimes pluggin the car to top off so that I am sure I have enough juice for the rest of the day (16A is faster than 9A).

    Neither choices I expect to get positive ROI. Like most insurances, it is only cost until you need it.

    The closest CCS EU charging station when I ordered the car was downtown Stockholm. I live in Järfälla.

    The closest CCS EU charging station today is VW in Akalla (not sure if it is public though). I have used Vattenfall i Solna on the way back från Södertälje during the latter part of July.

    All the rest charging modes (so called laddstolpar) out there are useless on the run. They are too slow.

    I can write more another day on my experiences so far.

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