How to Take Care of your BMW I3
The BMW I3 is said to be the most desirable electric car in the world. It has a roomy cabin that comfortably fits four persons, accelerates quickly, is equipped with strong brakes, provides excellent visibility, has very stylish interior, has a versatile cargo space compared to other electric vehicles, and can use gasoline fuel to extend driving range. So, what more can you ask for, right?
However, nothing in this world is perfect. The problem starts when your BMW I3 needs to be repaired and you have to bring it to someone who'll fix it, but who? He or she has to know how to work with electric cars. The problem is not all vehicle mechanics know how to fix electric vehicles since they only know how to fix vehicles with internal combustion engines. So finding one that knows how to work with electric cars can be hard and not to mention, time consuming. You can't escape a failing electric car because it will eventually happen. However, you can do preventive maintenance to prolong its life. Here are some tips on how to take care of your BMW I3:
- Do regular maintenance on your battery.
Instead of a huge engine block, what you'll find under your BMW I3's hood is a battery. It isn't a regular car battery as it is larger, heavier and more complex. Actually, it doesn't need much day-to-day maintenance, but just like a gadget, it will eventually not be able to hold a charge. It is expected that your driving range will become shorter and shorter as time passes. When that happens, it can be quite costly to have the battery replaced, so it will be wise to prolong its lifespan instead. And you can do that by keeping the battery clean and rust-free. In cleaning the battery, make sure that you use cleaning compounds that are safe to use on electric batteries. Make sure not to damage the wires and electrical components under the hood.
- Avoid charging your BMW I3's battery fully.
Why avoid fully charging your battery, you ask? One reason is that if it is constantly being pushed to its maximum capacity, it will only last for a couple of years. Not charging your battery to its full capacity has its advantage too since it leaves space to store energy from regenerative braking.
- Use a timer to lessen the time spent to charge your BMW I3's battery.
In most cases, the best time to charge your I3 is in the night time. However, avoid charging your battery overnight. Timing your charging hours will also be easier on your wallet.
- Avoid carrying extra load on your BMW I3.
Unlike combustion engine-powered cars, your BMW I3 is considerably less powerful. So it is not recommended that you carry unnecessary excess load when you are driving. Your car's driving range is also shorter, and making it carry extra load will even shorten it some more. If you don't need your sports equipment or your bike or ski rack, you don't have to carry it around all the time.