|We stopped at the Big Moose Deli in New York for some coffee. It's about ten miles from the Vermont border.|
This topic has been covered here and on every other EV site extensively, and recently it was announced that BMW is working on a software update that will allow, under certain conditions, the range extender to come on much earlier than the 6.5% threshold it currently uses. I am actually beta testing that software for BMW now, having had it installed on my i3 just last week. The new software also includes some other updates that will be standard on 2015 i3s and will be uploaded to current i3 owners sometime early next year.
|The Active Cruise Control is awesome. I don't think I'll buy another car that doesn't have it.|
|Most of the roads in Vermont were covered in ice and snow. My new Blizzak snow tires performed very well and I definitely recommend them for i3 owners who need to drive in the snow.|
My wife and I set out early on a brisk morning with the temperature being only 15 degrees when we left. I didn't precondition the battery or cabin, and the total weight we were carrying was about 450 lbs between me, my wife and the items we were bringing up to her parents'. I topped off the gas tank the night before and left fully charged. The trip is nearly all highway and my plan was to set the cruise control for varying speeds between 70 mph and 75 mph to see how fast we could go with the REx maintaining the state of charge. I would drive the whole way there in Comfort mode and possibly use Eco Pro for the return trip.
|A few blocks from our destination we came across some cows.|
|I needed to stop three times to fill up on the way there.|
|The car looked like I was off-roading all day when we arrived. I finally got to test out the EVSE I installed at my in-laws' house over two years ago. Thankfully it worked.|
|We arrived after nearly 255 miles. About 207 of those miles was done using the range extender.|
|The final stats for the trip|
|Getting ready to leave for the return trip back to NJ|
|Of course we had to return with some genuine Vermont Maple Syrup. The Maple-Walnut PB was a bonus.|