My 2018 530e mpg experience – bimmerfest – bmw forums gas delivery

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My commute is one of my factors in debating getting the 530e or something with a bit more range. Right now, I drive about 7 miles non-freeway and 44 freeway (total combined for both ways and lunch) each day. I would be able to charge at home no problem (installing solar panels soon even if I don’t get an EV), work is the kicker. I work in a large open air shopping center, and while there are 120v outlets around in several parking areas, they are either on a timer with the street-lights, or are non-functional, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to property management about it yet. Even though other businesses do it, we are technically not permitted to park behind our building, otherwise I would do that and just run the charger cord out of the backdoor. There is an EvGO station at our center, but its at almost the other end of the complex, so I would have to park it, walk all the way back to my building, then have to walk back after 3 hours to move the car so as to not get hit with idle fees. Walking distance aside, this of course also negates most of the gas savings in my eyes if I am having to pay for charging 5 days a week there.

My debate therefore is if I would see enough benefit from just charging at home with that long of a commute to make it worth it in the long run. Also waiting to see if they release an upgraded hybrid version of the new X5, hopefully with more range to it.

My commute is one of my factors in debating getting the 530e or something with a bit more range. Right now, I drive about 7 miles non-freeway and 44 freeway (total combined for both ways and lunch) each day. I would be able to charge at home no problem (installing solar panels soon even if I don’t get an EV), work is the kicker. I work in a large open air shopping center, and while there are 120v outlets around in several parking areas, they are either on a timer with the street-lights, or are non-functional, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to property management about it yet. Even though other businesses do it, we are technically not permitted to park behind our building, otherwise I would do that and just run the charger cord out of the backdoor. There is an EvGO station at our center, but its at almost the other end of the complex, so I would have to park it, walk all the way back to my building, then have to walk back after 3 hours to move the car so as to not get hit with idle fees. Walking distance aside, this of course also negates most of the gas savings in my eyes if I am having to pay for charging 5 days a week there.

My debate therefore is if I would see enough benefit from just charging at home with that long of a commute to make it worth it in the long run. Also waiting to see if they release an upgraded hybrid version of the new X5, hopefully with more range to it.

I did a trip from Phoenix to Tucson a while back for three days. I only charged before leaving. The distance is about 120 miles each way and I probably put another 50 miles on it while away. Even then, I still got more than 35 mpg and the highway driving between the cities was mostly at high speeds (speed limit of 75; police normally allow 9 miles over the limit).