This i3 propulsion reduced "issue" was known when the car came out. It was discussed here. I suspect the real problem is owners who don't read the owners manual. Of course, ignorant drivers can't possibly be at fault, it must be the fault of someone else.
You can get an i3 that runs out juice and needs a tow truck, or you can order one that runs out juice and has a 33 HP motorcycle engine and just over a gallon of gas that will get you somewhere you can recharge at.
You get to decide which one you want.
I hope the judge is not as stupid as the bozo who filed this suit.
I think I am on the side of the lawsuit. "without warning" is the key word phrase here. I get all kinds of bells and whistles when I am running low. these cars supposedly have a means to extend the range by a significant amount of time. so to go into limp home mode without a single warning could be pretty dam shocking. the electronics of this car is certainly advanced enough to do a better job then to just until it happens.
Yeah, it's the going-70-on-I95 and then suddenly going dangerously sluggish without warning that's the issue here. Really, really simple to fix. However it shouldn't rise to the level of lawsuit, unless there's been a concerted effort on the part of owners to get this fixed, with BMW turning a corporate deaf ear.
Auto manufacturers are going to have to get on the easy firmware upgrade wagon, like so many other outfits. If nothing else, with many dealers being post-literate and unable to track written instructions the friction in that department alone is absurd. But they turn like the Exxon Valdez. Not exactly agile. It'll take some punishment to wake them up.
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