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ElectraGirl: It’s My BMW i3 & I’ll Have It How I Want It

Saturday 14th February 2015

The Rise of the 100% All Electric BMW i3. Let it be seen and heard!

Today I’d like to air my frustration with my fellow EV owners that think I’m wearing the wrong hat. Sing with me:

Nobody likes me, everybody hates me
I think I’ll go and eat worms
Big fat juicy ones, little thin squiggly ones
Watch them wiggle and squirm
Bite of their heads, suck out the juice
And throw their skins away
Nobody knows how I survive on
Worms three times a day!!

As the rhyme above says ‘nobody likes me, everybody hates me’ – well that is how I feel with my all electric BMW i3. When I visit the community forum on Facebook, I feel that all anyone cares about is why they bought the options that they did and why my choice was so very, very wrong. It seems an obsession among many. If I were to post, the most obsessed would tackle me to the ground over the choice of whether I should have bought the range extended version that comes with a petrol engine in the back, even if my question had nothing to do with that at all but, I’d also take a verbal bullying for my choice of wheels/tyres, interior trim and even my decision on what other EV’s I buy! How do I know I’d be attacked? I see it every day, people speak with such authority on topics they know so little about. I am simply unable to post comments as I would get my hands chopped off!

To be clear, this is a vocal minority and certainly not limited to the i3 community alone!

Now, I can make a great case for my choice of i3 – it’s 100% of what I like; electric, I don’t like tan or brown as an interior colour so I have gray and I love big wheels and fat tyres so it’s the 20″s for me. Okay, so they didn’t have the fat tyre option, or a winter compound so I had to go with the skinny ones that aren’t too great in deep snow – but oh well, maybe one day they will make a fatter tyre for the i3 or a snow tyre for those that want that.

i3 Arrival Happy Days

Happy with MY BMW i3

Your choice of car is personal to you and everyone will choose what suits them. We are fortunate that they offer different options so we all get to chose what we like and have our cars reflect the person that we are. That is a good thing. But when a new member arrives at the community and poses the dangerous question “What should I get?” the answer isn’t a carbon copy of your car, the answer is….


… And welcome.

We all agree that we should get an electric car but, does it matter if it’s a Tesla or a converted milk float? There is an EV for everyone and everyone likes something different. And that is what we should be supporting. We all want to be driving electric cars and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what electric car you drive as long as you are driving electric. It doesn’t matter who made it. The really important thing here, is the fact that you are driving an electric car.

Are we running the risk that we are alienating new drivers because we can’t even agree amongst ourselves… or sometimes even have a civil conversation about it? Who’d want to join our group?

I’ve heard this phrase, ‘the circular firing squad‘ and I now know what it means. I bought my BMW i3, my SmartED and our Tesla Roadster as they suit my/his needs. Everyone has their own needs from their car and everyone will make their purchase accordingly. Let’s all remember that getting people in EV’s is the important thing here, not belittling those that made a different choice to you. How lucky are we that in 2015 we have so many EV choices, that is something to be celebrated with the world outside of our group.

I have strong feelings too, I don’t accept that BMW couldn’t put more batteries in the car and at least make it a 100 mile range EV. Okay, so it would have added extra weight, but really, do I care? I do not and I’ve heard the same from many friends. Also, why send a car out with the ability to fast charge without putting in the network first? It’s not like they haven’t known this car was coming. What were they all doing during the MINI E and the ActiveE trials? Having a little sleep maybe? We need to have a temper tantrum and stamp our feet and demand EV’s with longer range and a network of fast chargers. Sigh! If Tesla Motors can accomplish a longer range EV with their Model S and their network of Superchargers then why do all the other car manufacturers struggle so much? Where is the $60,000 i3 or $40,000 Leaf with the 200 mile range? Let’s have a discussion about that, see what ideas come to the surface.

But, there are days when I feel I have only one course of action to take…

“FOR SALE: A superbly, wonderful BMW i3! in excellent condition! Low mileage, well loved and washed often. Only sold to those who do not have a FaceBook account!!


I have a 100% all electric BMW i3 and I think it’s wonderful.*

There I’ve said it, it’s out in the open and I’m not taking it back, not now, not ever. And, yes I am now in hiding!



* (Well apart from it’s odd issue or two, which appear to be BMW issues not Electric Car issues – go figure!)


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  • vdiv

    Didn’t the i3 just happen to you, out of the blue, like the other EVs you have? ;)nnnMany of the EV drivers, especially the rabid ones, have a giant chip on their shoulder. Sometimes it is so big and heavy that they forget where it came from and what it is all about, they’re just grumpy by inertia.nnnTelling someone what kind of car they should be driving is obnoxious, inconsiderate, disrespectful, and frankly a bit selfish. Hey look! I have that chip on too 🙂

  • CDspeed

    Don’t worry about the negative things people write, as they say “haters gotta hate”. People more often like to express their dislike for things, and when they’re generally happy, they go about their day saying very little. There are just some people that get on social media to argue and complain, but where as you feel a bit beat up, they move on not realizing how rude, and stupid they’ve been. They think they’ve won a debate when they’re really just bullying innocent people. Don’t listen to them, because most of them don’t really know what they’re talking about, they’re just expressing their opinions, sadly some think their opinions represent fact, not their own personal thoughts.

  • D. Harrower

    Sorry you’re having a less than splendid experience, Pam.nnUnfortunately, it seems to be a fact of modern life that for every person who agrees with you, ten will disagree, and five of those will bring your mother into it.

    • Michael Thwaite

      That made me chuckle, thanks 🙂

  • Great post, Pamela. I’m currently putting the wraps on a book about alternative cars. The Model S and LEAF get all the press, but my research soon taught me about the merits of great cars like the Fiat 500e and i3. Considering that this is gen 1, these are all great electric vehicles. It will be very exciting to see where companies like BMW, Nissan, and Tesla take the tech in the next few years.

  • E.V. Fitter

    Please join in the i3 Facebook discussion. There are going to be obnoxious people everywhere but you can help outnumber them. To paraphrase everything since 9/11: If you don’t post the trolls win.

  • It’s even more strange in the Smart ED world, where there is already a rabid following of alternative minded folks (who else would buy an 8 foot long car!) who are just fine with their Smart gas mobiles, and certainly don’t want to hear about our Smart electric happiness. But I ignore them and focus on the newbies and help answer questions and blog about my experiences so others can choose their own “truth”. :-)nnAn example of educating:nnhttp://mysmartelectricdrive.blogspot.ca/2014/05/car-reviewer-just-doesnt-get-it.html

  • Michael Thwaite

    GreenCarReports posted a similar message – check the response in the comments! http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1096921_top-5-ways-to-get-flamed-moderated-or-banned-in-comments-on-green-car-reports

  • PeskyLogic

    Just a note, there are 2 sets of winter tires for the i3. You have you choice between Blizzaks and Nokians

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