This is a winter test of an electric car. This is a 2014 bmw, i3 it's, our project car. We recently purchased, and it does have snow winter, tires in this video i'm going to show you well exactly how it starts what it's like to actually use an electric car in the winter in the middle of a snowstorm. Yes, it is october, but still we're fortunate to get snow because we've had little moisture, but let me show you the car come around, so we purchased this car very recently, it's a 2014 like i said, and we purchased it for about 12 500 bucks um. Yes, it's fully optioned um. Yes, it used to be about 45 grand in 2014. um, but look let's. Look at the tires really quick. These are bridgestone blizzak snow tires and in a second i'm, going to turn them and show them to you. But this car is very unique because these tires are very narrow. That'S, usually basically done for efficiency, because this car doesn't have a very big battery. So you want to get every ounce of efficiency out of it, but in the winter time regular tires would be almost useless on this car. Thankfully, this car is, has some half to it: that's important during the winter it's about 27 to 2800 pounds and it's rear wheel drive, so i might be able to do some donuts today. So let me turn the tire just stay here for just one second, and let me show you: Applause, Music, yes, it's, very cold it's, probably about 10 degrees fahrenheit, but look at the tire come on closer uh, yes, it's, a very a good winter tire and it's Got all the sipes all right, let's get in the car and let's warm up and actually start this vehicle.
Okay, okay, thank you. My daughter is helping me today. So let's get in okay, all right! Let'S, look! Okay, put the key in here uh, starting on i3 um, it's kind of a unique experience because it's a unique design but there's a start button right here. You'Re supposed to put your hand, i am right handed push start Music it'll tell me that it's coming online! Okay, now it says outside temperature. Can you see that 15 degrees, although of course my house thermometer said it was lower? The car is fully charged and let me actually see if the wipers will work. Let me hold this for you, so it seems to be the car is happy so far. They already feel the um. Actually the hvac system. The blower is running, of course, it's, not very warm, yet it's set at 70 degrees, and i may need to actually scrub the windshield uh here in a second uh yeah it's it's a actually. This is a four door car. Let me see Music, so thankfully that's working, i didn't, have to scrape it too long. This has heated seats. This doesn't have every option. This is not a top of the line car from 2014, but Music let's see. I am going to Music set it to eco pro set it to drive using this shifter once again, let's go for a ride. You know what this car feels kind of normal it's, very quiet, it's, very silent.
Of course. Let me do a little break test there. I could feel the abs kick in, but it stopped immediately. I think the tires are doing their job, although they're, very narrow, but actually in snow being narrow, helps because you can actually push through the snow. Uh maybe actually reach the ice below it and maybe actually reach the pavement below that. So having narrow tires is not a bad thing. I'M just running around my neighborhood here traction control came on. It told me to kind of relax a little bit and i wasn't actually using all my accelerator and i've heard this complaint many times about people talking about electric cars. People say that electric cars are not very good in the winter on snow and ice because they have instant torque. You can actually spin your tires very easily, of course, right now, i'm using barely touching the throttle, but i feel in total control and, like i said this is a rear, wheel, drive car, sorry, they're, speed bumps all right. Oh did you feel that found some ice? Okay, let's get to a parking lot and hopefully i'll be able to show you how this car handles from the from the outside as well it's struggling a little bit traction control. Do you see that light blinking you see that light blinking right there, that's um, the car is telling me something is not quite right. Well, yes, it is very slippery outside it's been snowing most of the day, but a lot of it has been melting in the morning, but finally, the cold set in and it's a true winter storm, and i have a there.
I have a little kid running across the street okay, so far so good. Let me see, let me go into see if i have other modes other than eco pro and eco pro plus and normal vehicle settings vehicle status. Look at this so far, tire pressures look! Okay, when it gets cold, actually i've noticed the pressures go lower and sometimes i get a check, uh tire pressure monitoring system, uh, light warning, saying that i need to inflate my tires a little bit more and of course, tires for this. Car can be a little bit more pricey because it's, a very unique rare size, they're very specific. This is a 19 inch wheel on this particular i3 and by the way, this is kind of a popular car, too bmw sold according to them about 200 000 of these as a few months ago, and about 42 000 of these over the last five to six Years in united states, so this car is not ultra rare, but it is still kind of unique in what it's able to do it's a four door kind of a clam shell door, design, four passenger vehicle – and here i am i'm gon na turn on my lights, Make sure every light is on okay, um camera lady. Can you get out and i'm gon na try to show how the car handles um on the from the outside there you go Applause, Applause! Okay! Did you see that that was me totally flooring? It i'm not able to fully defeat the traction control system, but this car feels really fun actually because it's rear wheel drive, the power is delivered right there, but the batteries and the um.
This has a range extender, little gas motor to provide extra electricity that's. Also in the back so there's a lot of weight over the rear axle. This car look feels really great. Let me do quite another roundabout and then i can close the video hold on well, there you have it. The car is working great, it took. Actually, it was pretty quick to warm up. The windshield got heated up, the seat warmers were on, it was actually comfortable. I felt pretty safe uh. It was able to stop with these snow tires. The snow is still coming. Maybe tomorrow or another day, i can do another test for you uh in more detail and maybe do a little bit more driving to actually let you know exactly how this car feels when the weather gets wintry. This is one of my favorite times thanks and go back to tflcar.