Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The First US i3 REx Delivery Goes To Me!

My client adviser, Manny Antunes and I with my i3
This afternoon I took delivery of the first i3 REx in the US. BMW of North America was kind enough to arrange it so I'd have the very first one delivered in North America, and I would like to thank them for that. It's been a long, fantastic journey for me. Five years in BMW's e-mobility trial lease program and over 140,000 electric miles driven on my MINI-E and ActiveE has led up to me finally getting the first real production EV from BMW. This has been a long time coming and I'm very anxious to see how the i3 performs and report on it here and on other websites. I'm sure there will be things I feel need improvement, but I do expect to thoroughly enjoy the car for what it is.

BMW NA CEO Ludwig Willisch handing me the keys to the first all electric BMW in company history.             January 13th, 2011
Manny Antunes, my client adviser at JMK BMW delivered the first i3 BEV in the state of New Jersey a couple of weeks ago and now he can add the first i3 REx customer delivery in the US to his resume. Manny was also my ActiveE client adviser when I took delivery of the very first ActiveE, back in January 2011. That was a historic event because I was the very first customer in BMW history to take delivery of a 100% electric BMW, something I am very proud of. As BMW slowly transitions to more and more electric vehicles in their lineup, I'll always know I was the person who got the very first one, and that's pretty cool.

I'm sure the frequency of my posts here will increase now, and I'll also be writing about my i3 experiences for a number of EV websites including InsideEVs, Green Car Reports, Plug in Cars and of course BMWBLOG where I'll have a regular column there reporting on my experiences and all other i3 news.

I just wanted to do a quick post now to make the announcement. I'll be putting up another post soon about my initial impressions. Stay tuned!

28 comments:

  1. Congratulations! The rEVolution has begun! Tom, you're the best!

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  2. Congratulations Tom! It's been a long time coming, you'll probably find it hard to sleep with your new car sitting in the garage.

    ,CDspeed

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    1. Thank you CDspeed. No I'm pretty tired now, it's been a long day so I think I'll sleep just fine!

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  3. Does this mean the Monroney hold is lifted?

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  4. Big congrats Tom, you deserve it! ...always nice to be first, (=

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  5. Hi Tom, congratulations are in order !
    Excellent of BMW NA to reward one of its most dedicated electro-advocates with the very first REx delivery. Well deserved Tom, enjoy your i3 as much as we do ! And do keep us posted while doing so,,,

    Regards from the Netherlands, Steven

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  6. Five years reading your posts and this is the end of a great trip.we have been thrilled with your posts and look forward to you reading your experiences. I think the i3 REx is currently the best option to reduce petroleum consumption.

    Regards from Spain.

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  7. Congratulations, Tom, and enjoy the ride. Mine is about six weeks away as I did a last minute change that cost me three weeks...
    Just curious, did you have to pay the NJ tax or is the car on the exemption list already? How about the extra $200 tax on cars with less than 40 mpg? Details, I know... But how else I'll fill the waiting time? :-)

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    1. No sales tax. I do not believe the $200 tax was included either. If it was it was nicely 'hidden"!

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  8. Tom, when you have time can you report how many amps the I3 actually draws when charging, and also if the US spec I3 has adjustable charge amperage as on the euro spec cars and the previous BMW evs.
    one other question , Does the car have a convenient way to select "immediate charge" overiding a charge timeer? (the leaf has a very well placed button to choose this option )

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  9. Tom...
    How do you feel knowing that you you drive a brand new range-extended electric BMW i3 and your wife has to drive a stinky petrol-fueled 3 year old Chevy Equinox?

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    1. I like the Equinox. We frequently take 500 mile round trips to Vermont and it's perfect for that. We need all wheel drive for these trips as the end of the journey has us driving up a mountain that is usually snow covered.

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    2. Tom
      Is it true that the initial availibility is limited to certain states?

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    3. No. The i3 is available nationwide.

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  10. Congratulations! Arravani Grey?

    Glad to see 3rd Generation EF-OPEC. However, OPEC does have a little hold of you with this one! Hope BMW comes out with a 150-200 mile BEV soon. Perhaps the i5. My chances of taking up my i3 has dropped to 5% likely... Then again MPT had a 5% chance of i3 and ended up with keeping it... So, never say never.

    If I do end up with an i3, with two other EVs in the garage, I don't think that I'll be challenging you for US mileage. I wonder if Michael will be adding a section to wotnogas.com for i3 drivers,

    --Dennis

    PS: Hope the back's all healed, the higher seated position on the i3 vs. the Active E should help

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  11. Tom
    Are you getting a new charger for the i3? Or are you gonna keep the same one?

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    1. All of my existing EVSE's are all J1772 so there is no need to change them. Every EV now uses the same connector besides Tesla so there is no need to change your charging equipment if you get a different EV, unless you want to get one that can deliver more power. My current EVSE's can all deliver either 30 or 50 amps, so I'm all good!

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  12. Nice to see you finally into a long term relationship with an EV, Tom. Heidi and I like our EVs. Not as fast as yours, but like Cliff says it can be more fun to drive fast in a slow car than slow in a fast car.

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    1. Thanks Jim. Yes, holding on to one for longer than two years will seem strange now!

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  13. Tom, are the rear side windows tinted on the stock car? In some pics from EU it surely looks like...

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    1. They aren't tinted. They are getting tinted now as I write this ;)

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  14. Great new header photo, Tom! You look like you belong in that driver's seat! Color me green with envy.

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    1. Thanks Chris. I appreciate your comments and how you've been following for so long. That's why I keep posting!

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    2. Thanks, Tom! I'll keep reading for as long as you are willing to keep posting. Your blog is the most accurate and balanced information source on BMW's i cars there is (much of it not available anywhere else), not to mention your rare insight.

      The rest of the decade is going to be an exciting era for EVs, and especially BMW's i cars (and e-MINIs), with their CFRP and aluminum construction, and single-pedal speed control. I wouldn't miss that ride for anything.

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  15. Congratulations,

    You certainly deserve to be the first. I hope BMW truly understands how much you have helped them sell the cars here....

    I can't wait to read about your thoughts and real world driving experiences...

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