2014 BMW i3: When Some Jerk Yanks Your Cord
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 17, 2015
OK, I don't know that someone yanked the 2014 BMW i3's charger cord on purpose, but here's what I do know.
Late Sunday evening I parked the i3 parallel to my garage door in the alley behind my house. I plugged the 120-volt home charger into the outlet just inside my garage. I closed the garage door and went upstairs.
That's when things went awry.
A while later, my husband Ed came upstairs and said that as he was locking up for the night, he noticed the charger cord and plug lying on the garage floor. After careful inspection, he realized the third prong — the ground — was missing. Turns out, it was still stuck in the outlet.
Now, maybe someone was walking down the alley in the dark, squeezed between the i3 and the garage door, got tangled up in the cord and accidentally pulled it out of the outlet? Hmmm.
The good news: There's a ChargePoint Level 2 charger less than three-quarters of a mile from my house. On Monday, Ed and I drove the i3 over to the parking lot, plugged in the i3, and had dinner nearby. Two hours later, the BMW had acquired enough juice to make the 37-mile drive to the office the next morning.
Check back for an update after we look into repairing or replacing the 120V charger.
Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 7,895 miles