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My husband and I are about to purchase a used 2014 BMW i3. Considered a REX but the price on this was too good to refuse - about $10K less than a REX with similar features - and we figure we will have for a few years and potentially upgrade to a newer model 2-3 years from now.
Our electrician quoted us over $1000 to install a new electrical line to the detached garage - plus we would have to provide the wall unit. Based on that cost, we are trying to figure out if we really need one there or not.
We both work about 16 miles from home, and will use the BMW regularly for the commute.
My office parking lot has a charging station in it, and his office parking is going to shortly have one as well. We live in a city that is filled with hybrid and electric cars - so lots of charging stations locally (the nearest is probably < 0.5 miles away) and would expect to see more going in over time.
On weekends, we are mostly running kids to and from activities locally. (We have a larger SUV that we use when we need to fit the whole family and for any extended trips.)
Based on the experience of other i3 owners, would folks be willing to weigh in and advise us whether we should bite the bullet and move forward with the electrical work?
If you have a 120V 15A circuit in your garage that would not be used by anything else when you charge your i3 overnight with the included "Occasional Use Cable" (OUC), that should be sufficient for your intended use of your i3. I believe that all 2014 OUC's were 12A units, so it would add ~5 miles of range per hour of charging. You'd want to ensure that the 120V receptacle is heavy-duty and in good condition to avoid it potentially overheating.
We relied on public charging stations for 2 years with our first EV because installing an EV charging circuit in our condo parking space would have cost over $3,000. I wouldn't want to be in this situation now because EV's have become so popular that depending on only public charging stations would be difficult. In your case, you might not always be able to depend on your workplace charging stations being available with EV's becoming more popular, so at some point, you'd probably want to pay to have a 240V 40A charging circuit installed in your garage. That would give you more flexibility in using your i3.
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2017 16:04:06 GMT -5 by alohart
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