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  #2700827 2-May-2021 17:10
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You can rent the Hyundai Kona & BMW i3 through Zilch as well. Europe Car also have the i3 available to rent.





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  #2701090 3-May-2021 12:11
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BMW i3 not living up to "zero emissions" claim, on Whangamoa hill near Nelson:

 

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/125008447/occupants-lucky-escape-as-vehicle-destroyed-in-highway-blaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2701091 3-May-2021 12:14
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I think this is the first reported EV fire in NZ. However, the i3 has a REX version as well (a small petrol engine that extends the range) and it's not known if this model was configured this way or if that was the source of the fire.

 

Either way, car fires are not new. Where you have energy you have the risk of fire. 





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  #2701093 3-May-2021 12:18
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'News' site link

 

 

 

Reminds me of that electric supercar crash where the fire burned for a week.  Aa new cell caught fire shortly after they'd just finished putting the fire out each time.


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  #2701095 3-May-2021 12:20
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Fred99:

BMW i3 not living up to "zero emissions" claim, on Whangamoa hill near Nelson:



https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/125008447/occupants-lucky-escape-as-vehicle-destroyed-in-highway-blaze


 


 


 


 



"Lucky Escape" but they had time to get all their gear out of the car first...

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  #2701100 3-May-2021 12:32
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Not much left of the car. They said it was a "hybrid" and mentioned the rear wheels so it may have been the i3's range-extender gasoline engine.

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  #2701108 3-May-2021 12:54
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Obraik:

 

I think this is the first reported EV fire in NZ. However, the i3 has a REX version as well (a small petrol engine that extends the range) and it's not known if this model was configured this way or if that was the source of the fire.

 

Either way, car fires are not new. Where you have energy you have the risk of fire. 

 

 

They keep updating the Stuff article.  It was a hybrid.  Confirming the source of the fire might be a tricky task - there's not much of it left.  

 

The fire was preceded by a warning on the car’s dashboard screen: “Can’t continue journey, contact the dealership immediately”. 

 

It's quite a long steep climb up that hill - heading east from Nelson.




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  #2701109 3-May-2021 12:58
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The REX is located in the back of the i3 and the article mentioned that the smoke and fire started from the rear...so it's quite possible it was the ICE components that caused it.





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  #2701160 3-May-2021 13:15
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Obraik:

 

The REX is located in the back of the i3 and the article mentioned that the smoke and fire started from the rear...so it's quite possible it was the ICE components that caused it.

 

 

Hmmmm....
https://insideevs.com/news/332573/19130-bmw-i3-rex-recalled-in-us-due-to-fire-riskthanks-to-its-gas-extender/

 

 


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  #2701167 3-May-2021 13:27
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Ge0rge:

"Lucky Escape" but they had time to get all their gear out of the car first...

 

 

 

Yep, quick get out, it could explode at any moment, unpack all your gear and then evacuate immediately! 🤔


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  #2702080 5-May-2021 09:37
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Ouch, I'd rather have a Tesla.

autotalk.co.nz: Mazda’s first bev from $74,990

"The electric Mazda MX-30 SUV is available from selected Mazda dealerships from mid-2021.

It’s priced from $74,990 and includes a free home Wallbox charger worth $2000 for early adopters.

...Equipped with e-Skyactiv – Mazda’s new electric drive technology – the MX-30’s front-wheel-drive powertrain combines
  • 107kW AC synchronous electric motor
  • 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery,
  • more than 200km range (NEDC) and
  • 0-100km/h acceleration in 9.7 seconds.
..."


For a dose of reality, from ev-database Compared to the worst current Tesla

Mazda Real range - 170 KM
Tesla Real range - 335 KM

Mazda Highway - Cold Weather 120 km
Tesla Highway - Cold Weather 240 km

Mazda 0 - 100 km/h 9.7 sec
Tesla 0 - 100 km/h 5.6 sec

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  #2702085 5-May-2021 09:47
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Wow. 75k for a 200km range, awesome....


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  #2702120 5-May-2021 10:32
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2021 Mazda MX-30: a fun but flawed electric SUV?


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  #2702121 5-May-2021 10:39
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Shanghai Motor Show part 1 - watch the World's carmakers converge on China

Fully Charged Show


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  #2702122 5-May-2021 10:41
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Honda Jazz was in the news yesterday with electric options but no BEV. I got a FIT for golf, Id be into an EV Jazz. But no.


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