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The future of car maintenance

So here's how you open the hood on a BMW i8

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Im sure there's more to follow in the near future. The good news - electrics really don't need much maintenance (the i8 does have a gas engine too though), but jeebus that looks like a PITA!
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Wow..
2 man hood job.
Of course "you'd never have a need to get in there unless it needed to be at the shop", so I guess all the owners won't need this information.
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Looks like there's nothing under there that an owner would ever need to muck around with anyway.

Still seems kinda weird for BMW tho. I guess that's what weight savings looks like.
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Pure electrics seem ridiculously easy to "maintain" - I'm looking forward to my first one. What is there even to do? Tires and brakes?

Lights will be all LED which lasts for ever, motors are brushless afaik...

The ultimate lazy man's vehicle


Ps. http://auto.howstuffworks.com/will-e...aintenance.htm

Says running costs are about a 1/3rd of a gas car
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Pure electrics seem ridiculously easy to "maintain" - I'm looking forward to my first one. What is there even to do? Tires and brakes?

Lights will be all LED which lasts for ever, motors are brushless afaik...

The ultimate lazy man's vehicle


Ps. http://auto.howstuffworks.com/will-e...aintenance.htm

Says running costs are about a 1/3rd of a gas car

occasionally you have to change the brake fluid...

sometime in the lifetime of the car, swap out the battery pack...

That's one of the reasons people think GM killed off the EV1. There was no back end to it and if all their cars were like that, it would kill dealerships because they would do nothing but initial sales and changing wiper blades.

hence why Tesla moved away from the dealership model...
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Looks like there's nothing under there that an owner would ever need to muck around with anyway.

Still seems kinda weird for BMW tho. I guess that's what weight savings looks like.

Did you not notice the fluid reservoir and the battery in there?
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Did you not notice the fluid reservoir and the battery in there?

Low voltage just like in the Prius, used to start the electronics and pull the contacts closed for the main battery. It will go bad but again it's a BMW so they will take it to the dealer.

I didn't notice what the other was, brake fluid?

Edit: actually kinda looks like a coolant reservoir.
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Did you not notice the fluid reservoir and the battery in there?

Yup... I doubt an i8 owner will ever see either one or have any need to.
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occasionally you have to change the brake fluid...

sometime in the lifetime of the car, swap out the battery pack...

That's one of the reasons people think GM killed off the EV1. There was no back end to it and if all their cars were like that, it would kill dealerships because they would do nothing but initial sales and changing wiper blades.

hence why Tesla moved away from the dealership model...

Ah, interesting.

Main battery pack probably requires the car to come up into the air, or removal of rear seat. I'd like to see how many miles one battery can do. Lions do over a thousand charge cycles without losing but a few percent capacity, as a minimum these days. What does this translate to in miles by the time you hit, say, 80% capacity? This has to be the one single large concern with EVs.
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Did you not notice the fluid reservoir and the battery in there?

For the low volt system a high quality battery can last even longer than the main pack, since it will never really go through cycles, as it uses power from the main pack itself to charge. If it's also a Lion, you can almost count on it to outlast the main pack, because it will only be drained in small increments during start up, with the main pack taking over as the power source via charging. Thus the main pack will actually go through drain and charge cycles, while the small battery will not as far as i can tell.

Brake fluid and brakes - while pads and rotos do wear, the fluid is fine for several years. Some makers don't even list it as a maintenance item (like Ford + dodge; and chevy claims it's a 150k item)

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...e-changed.html

Either way, a trip to the dealer every few years ought to be enough.
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i8 is this a joke? Like all the gay crap from Apple and Win8?

That girl with the sherbert colored clothes - so adorable.
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trophy wife material
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trophy wife material

Now I put my finger on it - Jennifer Aniston-like.
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Brad was crazy imo, Angie wasn't an upgrade

Well assuming neither was a total bitch
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too bad those salestards didn't ask any good questions...

Topping off wiper jizz = trip to stealership? lol
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