Owners of BMW i3s equipped with optional range extenders — read: two-cylinder engine that generates electrical energy — are suing the automaker for an problem that could leave these drivers going slow in the rapidly lane.
According to Green Automobile Reports, the BMW i3 REx will drop down to 45 miles per hour under specific circumstances, which some owners believe is a safety situation.
The class-action lawsuit alleges the modest range extender is not strong enough keep up with motivational demand at highway speeds when the battery is practically depleted. Engine and battery management software steps in and reduces the BMW i3’s speed to 45 mph so that battery charge can catch up with demand.
“The BMW i3 Variety Extender function is a dangerous instrumentality to the owners of the cars and to other motorists on the road,” mentioned Jonathan Michaels of MLG Automotive Law, the firm handling the class-action suit. “Having a sudden and unexpected loss of energy in a motor car can outcome in a catastrophic circumstance for all those on the road. These automobiles are dangerous and should not be driven.”
Green Vehicle Reports notes three of its editors have seasoned the issue in addition to its many owners.
The outlet spoke with electric-auto advocate Tom Moloughney, who is also a BMW i3 owner. He stated the issue mainly comes down to a lack of information of how the variety extender works, and refrained from blaming the i3 for a quirk that does not impact any other vehicle on sale these days.
“The largest issue is the lack of details on how the REx works at the dealership level. I consider if people understood how the variety-extender method works, then there would be fewer troubles,” Moloughney stated.
A representative for BMW said the business cannot comment on pending litigation.
The BMW i3 REx stickers, with no possibilities, for $ 47,245, including destination.
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