Okay, seriously WHAT has just happened? Why is there a BMW i3 in my garage? I didn’t want one, I disliked it even. So what on earth happened? Why are we the first in New Jersey to take delivery of an i3?
Let’s begin at the very beginning – always a very good place to start.
After we bought the mid-life-crisis Tesla Roadster, we got a taste for EVs – I got a taste for EVs and, at a MINI E get-together at Tom’s restaurant, where BMW exec and all round good guy Hugo VanGeem suggested that he might have a ‘spare MINI E’ that we could have, I became a fully paid up EV’er.
After the MINI E – that I would have kept forever if BMW would have let me – we had the ActiveE but, it seemed like that was going to be the end of the EV road with BMW. The i3? Hmm, no, never, definitely not. The Tesla Model S is still on my horizon and while I am getting closer, I am just not quite there yet.
First impressions of the i3 were not favourable – from the first pictures we got to see of the i3 – with too much glass in the doors, seriously BMW, what were you thinking? I felt like I would be in a goldfish bowl with the world able to see up my skirt! The next viewing, which was actually in person, still left us unimpressed. That was the i3 event at BMW NA. Already turned off to the car by the person who spoke on the batteries and, the person who spoke of what the i3 had or rather hadn’t got, we had already decided we would not be getting an i3. The test drive a bit later did little to sway us. The interior was ‘blah’ and the wooden accents and general brown-ness were very unimpressive. After all, we have as much wood in our cars as we have carbon fibre on our dining room table! Let’s not forget to mention the bouncy suspension and the ridiculous placement of the on/off switch and controller to go forwards or backwards. We left that event certain that we would never take possession of an i3.
In time, it soon became all too apparent that we were going to have to give up the ActiveE, our two year run was almost at an end. However, if we put in an order for the i3 we would get to keep the ActiveE for a bit longer, extending the lease until the i3 arrived. Did we need to put down a deposit? No. Did we need to sign an agreement? No. Right, jolly good, lets put in an order for the i3, there’s no commitment, we don’t have to take delivery and the best part is we ....