In this post, we review the portable EV charging cords that come standard with the following electric vehicles sold in North America: Tesla (all models), the Audi e-tron, the Nissan Leaf, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Porsche Taycan, the Chevy Bolt, the BMW i3, and Hyundai (all BEVs). This review is pretty wild; the specs (usefulness) of OEM standard charging cords are all over the place. Some car makers gave a ton of thought to this while others clearly gave none. That’s concerning, because “electricity is everywhere” is a major argument in favor of EV ownership, but that’s only meaningful if you can usefully tap the grid.
BMW i3 Stories October 2
BMW i3 Stories December 30, 2018
With every year, buyers have more all-electric vehicle options and 2019 is not going to be an exception.
Here are the new all-electric vehicles coming in 2019. expand full story
BMW i3 Stories October 5, 2018
The BMW i3 is generally considered an all-electric vehicle, but it is also offered with an optional gas generator that acts as a range extender.
The German automaker now says that it is killing the range extender in Europe due to the new battery pack making it irrelevant, but they are holding on to the feature in North America and Japan. expand full story
BMW i3 Stories September 28, 2018
BMW is announcing today that it is introducing a battery cell upgrade to 120 Ah in the 2019 BMW i3, which should result in a range of ‘over 160 miles’ (260 km). expand full story
BMW i3 Stories September 12, 2018
Over the past 3 years, BMW has been running a trial of its ‘ChargeForward’ program with BMW i3 owners willing to automatically delay the charging of their vehicle at the request of their local electric utility, PG&E, in order to offset peak demand.
BMW is presenting the results of the trial and says that electric car owners can turn i3 into ‘cash cow’ and use more solar power with controllable load technology expand full story
BMW i3 Stories September 7, 2018
The BMW i3 is rumored to soon be getting a new battery cell upgrade to push the range ‘over 200 miles’, but Lion Smart thinks you can you push the vehicle a lot further.
They unveiled a BMW i3 with a 100 kWh battery pack for 435 miles of range as a proof-of-concept. expand full story
BMW i3 Stories August 21, 2018
BMW has released a new video called ‘A glimpse into the future by BMW i’, which they used as a strange way to announce a new feature called ‘electricity dispenser’ coming to the i3. expand full story
BMW i3 Stories July 19, 2018
The BMW i3 has mainly seen relatively small incremental upgrades and big battery cell updates since its launch back in 2013.
Now the all-electric car is rumored to get another battery cell upgrade to push the range over 200 miles. expand full story
BMW i3 Stories May 21, 2018
The use of electric car battery packs to create large energy storage projects is becoming increasingly popular.
Now, a new one made of BMW i3 battery packs is connecting to the UK National Grid and has become one of the largest to date. expand full story
BMW i3 Stories April 2, 2018
As BMW confirmed that it is about to unveil a series of new all-electric vehicles this year, a company executive said that they are considering getting rid of their current only all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3, and their plug-in hybrid of the same sub-brand, the BMW i8. expand full story