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Old 09-11-2023, 02:50 PM   #51
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And thenÖ.like thatÖ.the dream collapses.
All of the comfort, quickness and versatility is still there, you just switch on the gas engine (which is a very nice turbo I6) more frequently. Still get ~50 'free' miles every day.
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Old 09-11-2023, 02:53 PM   #52
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And thenÖ.like thatÖ.the dream collapses.
Also worth noting that if you can charge at the office, you get a much wider usable radius. And, of course, it's not like it's a big deal if you can't get a charger every day.
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Old 09-11-2023, 03:32 PM   #53
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Yeah if you can plug in at the office (or when out shopping), that helps a lot.

The other thing to remember is that it doesnít just use electricity until itís gone; if you do high speed freeway work, it will use the gas engine even while thereís still juice in the battery. So, if you have a commute thatís like 1. neighborhood traffic jam, 2. 30 miles of of high speed freeway, 3. Urban traffic jam, you may well get pure EV for 1 and 3, and some combo of EV and gas for the middle leg.
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Old 09-11-2023, 03:33 PM   #54
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Yeah if you can plug in at the office (or when out shopping), that helps a lot.

The other thing to remember is that it doesnít just use electricity until itís gone; if you do high speed freeway work, it will use the gas engine even while thereís still juice in the battery. So, if you have a commute thatís like 1. neighborhood traffic jam, 2. 30 miles of of high speed freeway, 3. Urban traffic jam, you may well get pure EV for 1 and 3, and some combo of EV and gas for the middle leg.
can you force it to use electricity until gone? I know some other vehicles allow that
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Old 09-11-2023, 03:42 PM   #55
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Yes, there is an EV mode that works like that.
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Old 09-11-2023, 06:01 PM   #56
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These are pretty good stats. The mi/kWh isnít fantastic but itís not bad for something this big.


3.8 mi/kWh would be amazing for this type of vehicle. Unfortunately, the way bmw calculates the mpg and mi/kWh is misleading because they just use the total miles travelled in the numerator regardless of whether battery, gas or both were used. I remember learning this when I was researching the 45e last year and it looks like they didnít change this method with idrive 8/50e. Actual mi/kWh on electricity is probably around 2 mi/kWh. Youíll still likely save atkeast $100/month on gas vs a regular x5 plus thereís the convenience of less trips to the gas station


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Ah interesting! Yes thatís an important clarification.
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