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Old 09-06-2020, 04:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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14 i3-REx - '14 BMW i3-REx
Last 3: 45.67 mpg (US)

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Originally Posted by Hersbird View Post
Not to be picky but your Prius Prime would have made a 714 mile trip in 11 hours and cost the same $25 in "charging". Not sure how you get 1/2 the cost per mile. How long did those Model 3 tires last and how much were they to replace? That alone would buy years worth of Prius Prime gas, and a Prius is super easy on tires.
“714 mile trip” is inaccurate. I drove that Prius Prime 1,200 miles from Rhode Island in just under 23 hours. It would have required a full tank at the start and a fuel stop on the way as my trip from Rhode Island did. But the real Prius Prime failure is the 25 mi EV range.

In Huntsville, the Prime became a ‘3 stop’ EV car while our BMW i3-REx was a ‘10 stop’ car. The BMW was used and the Prius Prime became driveway art. The majority of our miles are urban and that is where the Prime failed.

I was looking at a significant capital expense, $29,400, that was not returning value. So I traded it in, $18,300, for a Std Rng Plus a Model 3 that is cheaper both City and Highway. My capital expense must carry its weight.

Bob Wilson
2019 Std. Range Plus Model 3 - 134 MPG3 || 2014 BMW i3-REx - 117 MPGe, 39 MPG
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