Heavy Traffic Improves Range - 2014 BMW i3 Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW i3: Heavy Traffic Improves Range

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 4, 2015

2014 BMW i3

I'll admit that I haven't spent much time in our 2014 BMW i3. There's no particular reason for it other than it's often signed out before I get the chance to give it a try. I guess that says one thing about it right there.

After driving it home on my 37-mile commute, however, I might have to grab those keys more often. Not only does it have a carpool sticker so I can use the far left lane when I'm flying solo, it's also great in stop-and-go traffic thanks to its heavy regenerative braking.

You rarely have to use the brake pedal in most instances and it's even kind of fun to see how long you can go without it. I did it so much, in fact, that the i3 still had about three-quarters of its battery charge left when I got home.

Things were a little different on the drive back to the office the next morning. Traffic was much lighter so I was moving pretty fast and not letting up much. With no brake regeneration going on, the battery level went down much quicker. Still, I completed my 74-mile round trip with five miles of electric charge remaining, which is almost dead-on the i3's EPA-rated range of 81 miles.

I have no doubt I can beat my personal record the next time around. In fact, I'm actually looking forward to it.

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 7,432 miles

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