It's been pretty quiet on this site during recent years but we're still alive. Last six months has been extremely interesting time. We've partnered with Autokierrätys L&Gand Kolarikorjaus P. Gullans to learn about recycling and repairing of electric cars.
Tulossa on projektikertomusta mm. Tesla Model S:n kolarikorjauksesta, mutta aloitetaan nyt kevyemmin BMW i3:sta. Syksyllä tuli myyntiin kuvissa melko lievän näköisesti kolaroitu 2019-mallin isoimmalla 120Ah akulla varustettu n. 15 000 km ajettu i3 ja vähän jopa heräteostoksena auto jäi sitten meille käteen.
Bemari otettiin sisään ja alettiin purkaa keulalta vaurioituneita osia pois. Mitään yllättävää ei tuntunut löytyvän. Pienet vauriot kaiken kaikkiaan.
On the inside i3 is actually pretty cool car. B-pillar is integrated on the rear door and while the doors are open the cockpit is really spacious. The dashboard is modern even when this model has been available already since 2013.
Unfortunately during the process we damaged the surface of the panel during the work and had to repaint the panel also.
The paintwork was done by Kolarikorjaus P. Gullans.
There a "pyro fuse" on the 12V battery positive cable that can't be repaired. BMW sells (~250eur) a new piece of cable that can be used to replace the damaged piece. After this piece of cable was replaced it was possible to use the high voltage battery again and possible to drive the car. Some people of Facebook groups said a safety box inside the high voltage battery need to be replaced but that was not the case at least with this car.
After the paintwork it didn't take too much time to assemble the car. A few crash related fault codes had to be cleared (thanks EV Diag / Matti Hautamäki). The car was ready for inspection to get it road legal again.
i3 has been a funny project. From the outside the car looks quite special, some like and most don't at the first glimpse. Our own eyes have used to it and it feels good to drive with the cars that looks a bit odd. The car looks tiny, but it actually pretty big from the inside. There's enough room on the back seat also. For our family the only downside is that we can't fit our dog's cage on the trunk.
On the traffic i3 is a really good car. As an electric car it reacts very fast when pressing the acceleration pedal and with it's 130kW motor it accelerates 0-100km/h in about 6 seconds. Regenerative braking is pretty strong and it's easy to drive with one pedal only. In the city traffic the car is really handy with it's sub-10 meter turning circle.
At first for a person used to drive with Volkswagens the steering felt a bit stiff but you got used to it pretty fast. ESP takes care that no matter how slippery it is you can't get this car go sideways. And it goes well in pretty deep snow also.
When writing this we've driven two months with the car. It has practically replaced Scirocco on jäänyt seisomaan ja i3:sta on tullut allekirjoittaneen käyttöpeli. ”Nurkka-ajoa” ajaa akullisella olosuhteista riippuen 150-250 km – kesällä ehkä pidempäänkin. Aika paljon sähköä pätkäajossa menee mukavuuslämmitykseen, kun auton lämmittää valmiiksi ennen ajoon lähtöä ja minulla tätä tulee tehtyä 3-4 kertaa päivässä. Autoa on tullut näin ollen ladattua pari kertaa viikossa öisin kotona.
i3 will probably go for sale once we can get our Tesla project to pass the inspection, hopefully pretty soon.