Our BMW i3 will be two years old in a few weeks and has now just completed the first scheduled service. However, a pure electric vehicle does not need much service.
The first service for the pure electric BEV version only holds three points
- Change brake fluid
- Inspect vehicle
- Replace cabin air filter
In addition to these service points, the car had three actions, i.e. measures that BMW has instructed workshops to carry out
- Replace gearbox actuator
- Replace engine mount screw
- Upgrade software
The vehicle inspection itself did not result in any actions. The only thing the service technician noted was that the brake discs had surface rust and suggested to use the brake more. Because i3 has single pedal control (degenerating and slowing down the car when letting go of the accelerator) there is little need to use the brakes, but now we know that there may be other reasons to use them.
The upgrade of the software is said to make the reported range increases with up to 20 km. Our fully charged car reported 8 km longer range today campared to yesterday. Exactly what has been changed is unclear. Batteries are undoubtedly the same as well as the total number of kWh in use (probably). Possibly BMW changed something that improves the energy efficiency of the engine, but more likely they just adjusted the algorithm that calculates how far you can drive. My perception, without basing it on scientific data analysis, is that the reported range to date has been on the low side compared with what is actually possible to drive. Perhaps this has been adjusted.
A small annoying detail after software upgrades is that some user settings are lost. For example, the settings for eight programmable buttons disappears as well as the saved radio stations. No big deal, but it should be easy for BMW to change the upgrade routine so that data is saved, and then restored after the upgrade.
This service was free of charge. Next service is scheduled another two more years from now.