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The owner of a BMW i3 never changed his brakes after 172,000 miles

The miracles of the electric car

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The small BMW i3 was launched in 2013 and distinguished itself by its futuristic and original styling. Since then, it has sold more than 165,000 units worldwide. The first vehicles are now seven years old and many of them have covered very long distances. Many of them have exceeded the 150,000 mile mark.

BMW is obviously proud of this and has published some interesting statistics about these i3s. There is the example of a German owner who has never changed his brake pads despite the fact that his car has travelled more than 172,000 miles. This feat was made possible thanks to the strong regenerative braking.

The latter, which is specific to electric cars, makes it possible to recharge the batteries a little when the accelerator pedal is lifted. After 172,000 miles, Helmut Neumann never had the opportunity to change his brake pads, and of course he never went to the repair shop for oil changes or exhaust failures.

Neumann did, however, change his car's battery, not because he had a problem with it, but mainly to get more range. So he swapped his 60 Ah and 22 kWh battery for a 94 Ah and 33 kWh unit. BMW, for its part, claims that no i3 battery has yet been replaced. The BMW i3 will be produced until 2024 before being definitively discontinued.

Helmut Neumann and his BMW i3

Helmut Neumann and his BMW i3

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Comments (12)

  • What he didn’t admit was that he’d been through 178 new front bumpers! 🤣

      9 months ago
  • Awesome. I had two i3's and loved them. I completely believe the brakes. The regen is strong with this one. I wonder how much the battery swap cost?

      9 months ago
    • I once read on a forum that it is more expensive than selling you old one and swap it for a 94Ah model. I think it was somewhere around 8000€, but I'm not sure.

        9 months ago
  • advantage of regen brake

      9 months ago
  • I think i would want to change them everytime I got in the car! Well, that could be a serious life changer 🤣 to the tube of my next car is going to be an electric wheel chair! Maybe change them.... just in case lol

      9 months ago
  • I have customer that has done over over 60,000 miles and the brakes are new still in a pathfinder hybrid. Corollas built in Japan from 2002 to 2007 can do 100,000 miles before changing front brakes and the rear have done over 200,000 miles and it ain’t a hybrid. You people from Europe are impressed because European cars do about 20,000 miles and rotors need replacing as well.

      9 months ago


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