However when we had the private Electronaut i3 test drive at BMW HQ in Woodcliff Lake, NJ in December, one of the things we were told was the Electronaut Edition i3 would have features that were consistent with our pioneering spirit, leading some of us to wonder if there would indeed be some kind of special hardware that only we would get, and not simply some fancy badges. Since then, we haven't heard anything about our special EE edition cars, and we really have no idea what they will entail. Until we receive the email below:
For the doors and on the floors.
So, what else will be in the BMW i3 Electronaut Edition? There’s a hint below, but we’ll be sure to fill you in on four more features in the next email. Watch that inbox.
Did you catch the "And inside you can store your DC Combo Fast Charger Cable"? OK, what is a DC Combo Fast Charge Cable? I know what DC Combo Fast charge is, and I know what portable EVSE's are for electric cars, but I have never heard of a DC Combo Fast charge cable and I'm pretty sure it doesn't exist unless BMW has some kind of new technology they are planning on revealing. If so, that would indeed qualify as letting us "continue with the pioneering spirit of the Electronaut program" so now I'm definitely intrigued. I just hope it wasn't a mistake by the person commissioned to send out the Electronaut News emails, and they have made mistakes before.
I honestly can't come up with what it would be. DC fast chargers, regardless of the "standard" they use (Tesla, CHAdeMO or CCS Combo) have a charging cable tethered to the unit and it isn't removable. These cables are thick and heavy and it would be terribly cumbersome to lug the thing around with you and hook it up every time you stopped at a CD fast charger. The only thing I can possibly imagine is if BMW developed a system to use the CCS combo port on the i3 to charge car to car, allowing a fellow i3 (or any other CCS Combo equipped car with the same technology) to give another car a boost. However that is just a wild guess because I really can't come up with anything better. I suspect whatever it is we'll find out soon. With NYIAS next week, I'm sure BMW would take this opportunity to announce it if it is indeed some kind of new technology so we won't have to wait long. Unless of course it was indeed just a mistake and there is no DC Combo Fast Charge cable to begin with.
So is this a case of miscommunication and error, or will the Electronauts really get something unique for their time spent in the ActiveE trial lease program?
|An i3 charging on a DC Combo Fast Charger at the LA Auto show last year. Notice how thick the cable is so it can handle the high current used for quick charging. Could you really carry that around?|
|4/11/14 EDIT:||Well the fun didn't last long. A few hours after I made this post BMW sent out another email that was meant to "clarify" the original one. Looks like there isn't any special new DC combo cable as I suspected. Well, it was fun while it lasted. Below is the email sent out last night :(|
We’ve been very excited to share the exclusive features of the BMW i3 Electronaut Edition. As a follow-up to yesterday's email, allow us to clarify the newly released features.
The BMW ActiveE Team