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Post by tommoloughney on Mar 12, 2015 13:00:14 GMT -5
Thanks Nick. For those who aren't sure what Nick is referring to (Hill Climb Assist), that is a new feature which will allow the range extender to turn on earlier than the 6.5% state of charge threshold depending on topography if the vehicle determines it may need extra energy to climb a steep hill.
I have been Beta testing this new software on my i3 REx and while it's a start I believe BMW made the right decision to hold off releasing it until it is more refined and robust.
I believe it isn't user configurable. The car simply unlocks the connector once the charging session is completed. Therefore if someone else needed to use it, they can. Your car needs to be fully charged in order for the connector to release, though.
Post by stillageek on Mar 13, 2015 13:10:02 GMT -5
Well that feature isn't working. I plugged in my level 2, locked my car.... An hour after our was fully charged the EVSE was still locked to the car and would not release until I unlocked the car. I am positive I have the latest software with the SOC meter.
Does this mean that if your using the OUC, one your car reaches 100%, it could easily be stolen?
The answer is yes, but personally I don't think the small tab that locks the connector is any match for someone that really wants it in the first place. If someone were to pull hard on the connector they can break it off anyway. Plus, if you slide a small screwdriver or even a piece of plastic under the tab you can manually release it yourself. The thief's aren't concerned about damaging your car and if they want it, you can't stop them from taking it unless you attach a real lock to it somehow, like pictured below:
Post by tommoloughney on Mar 14, 2015 13:07:44 GMT -5
The trick Kris mentioned does work, and I know people that do it. However I wouldn't recommend doing it frequently. The cable isn't designed to have 1/4 of the weight of a car pinching down on it for an extended period of time - many hours with current flowing through it which heats it up. Every now and then it's fine, but personally I wouldn't use that trick on a regular basis.
sadly I'm here at global BMW and i3 technician is trying to tell me that my software from KLE update from 1/2015 is newer than the update and I would be getting a downgrade to get the soc update..... Dunno what to say, I even brought in the bulletin to show them