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June 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm #79148
I have just called another dealer to see if they have a “white” one in I can have a look at. I then ended up telling them the full story about the misinformation the other dealer had given me and how he had literally talked me out of getting one with the off-white colour being the final straw. He said he would clarify the “home charger” situation for me………..
Just emailed me after talking to his “Motability specialist” and he informs me the i3 is not available on the scheme. Still 7 of them when I look.
This is what I am up against………
Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!
June 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm #79150
and they wonder why we think were treated like 2nd class citizens.June 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm #79152
I actually ordered the i3s yestarday and the dealer has had confirmation that the order has gone through ok. However the dealer had another e-mail from motability requesting a wall charger be fitted and once fitted the certificate be sent the motability.
So it is in the dealers hands at the minute. I know a friend that had the leaf 6 years ago and motability put them in a point for free through british gas.June 10, 2019 at 1:19 pm #79153
I have just come off the phone with Motability and told them the whole story. They are going to email me the definitive answer with the home charger. I gave them both of the dealers names and locations.
Filey333 is the charger FREE? are they taking it back at the end of lease? Also which colour did you go for?
Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!June 10, 2019 at 1:27 pm #79155
I don’t know if it is free, the motability person i spoke to just said its the dealers responsibility to sort out. I asked if there would be a cost and motability said the dealer should have outlined any costs to me. So I argued how vague it all is and any extra costs should have been noted on the website or the dealers should be trained to tell customers that “oh by the way you have to pay for a wall charger”. So I’m just waiting for the dealer to see what they say.
I got the i3s in Melbourne red.June 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm #79158
That a metallic red? was it extra? I see its £550 for private buyers normally. Have you had a test drive?
Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!June 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm #79162
Metallic paint I think has always been included with motability cars so it was not extra.
I was actually pretty late ordering my new car this time round. Very glad I was late though having the i3 come on the scheme. Who knows when it will come off. I currently drive a BMW X1 25d M Sport which is no longer on the scheme. Choice of cars seems to get more limited each renewal.
Anyway i decided once I knew it was on the scheme to go have a look at one. The dealer had the i3 but not the i3s. I had a test drive and loved it. The driving position is the same if not higher than in the X1, so really good for me getting in and out. The seats look really uncomfortable but are actually the opposite and have really good lumbar support. Having been in a leaf before I loved the instant response electric cars have. The i3 is very quick 0-40. loved the way it drives and the quick steering. Only niggle is the boot is a tad small.
I wanted to have the car a little longer to try the boot out and my daughters car seat. The dealer let me have the car for a couple of hours the next day. Did the shopping and car seat was fine. Actually very easy because the the rear doors opening the opposite way. I was sold.
A premium brand car that retails at 38k, is unusual, surprisingly comfy and with hot hatch performance. I signed that day (yestarday) just need to sort the charger bit out now.June 10, 2019 at 3:20 pm #79165
When I was driving it my wife wanted to film me, my GRIN was so big. It was like being back on a motorcycle. I built and drag raced a 3.1V6 capri engine in a glassfibre Jeep body in the 80’s and this felt just as fast. It felt as fast as a Sierra Cosworth I had a go in in the 80’s, though I have just looked up the specs and the Cosworth is one second faster to 60. Must be the torque.?
I got a new wheelchair yesterday which means that the boot is no longer a problem, its just the colour White seemingly not being White and the home charger being a mystery. Plus dealer BS!
Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!June 10, 2019 at 3:25 pm #79166
shawn dont forget for most manufacturers motability get metallics free, its only specials paints above metallic you pay the difference between metallic and specials. i like either the red or the black personnally.June 10, 2019 at 3:36 pm #79168
I’ve never had any dealer in all the years been on motability know what they were talking about. The guy looking after me this weekend did not know much about the i3. I was basically teaching him. With that in mind I think the charger problem might be a nightmare but looking online Rolec do one with the OLEV discount that comes to £169 inc VAT and fitting.
So not a deal breaker, just wish motability and dealers would sort things like this out.June 10, 2019 at 3:54 pm #79170
Motability appear to be reneging on the inclusion of the wall-charger. The tone is now that the Dealership/Manufacturer will ‘manage’ the installation not ‘cover the costs of’ – Ahhhh
Seems just a way of Motability making sure every Electric car has a charging point associated with it and not for our benefit.June 10, 2019 at 4:02 pm #79171
for me its not a deal breaker as the granny charger through a normal socket charging overnight wouldnt be a bind. and the bmw app for 8 quid a month theres 3 fast chargers near me as well so its not a must have for me at least.June 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm #79172
Guys Trev had posted an excerpt from motabilities web site saying the charger was free but I can’t find it on the forum just now.
I like the i3 in navy but unfortunately its too small for us, but similar to yourselves the salesman knew nothing about it being on motability in fact I think his first response was “no chance” but he did say it politely lol.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJune 10, 2019 at 4:04 pm #79173
i see the search site now has the trim listed now as well.June 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm #79175
For Motability to finally OK the car and release the pin to pick the car up. They insist on the customer having a wall charger. They need the installation certificate before they will OK everything at the end. Just using the included “granny charger” won’t satisfy Motability.
I’m still waiting for the dealer to call me back.June 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm #79177
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
From 1st July 2019, the EVHS will only support smart chargepoints as announced in December 2018. You should refer to the minimum technical specification and installer guidance for details of this change.
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme: vehicle applications 20 December 2018
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme authorised installers 3 June 2019
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme approved chargepoint model list 28 May 2019
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme eligible vehicles 22 May 2019
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme minimum technical specification 21 January 2019
Installer guidance: Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme 21 January 2019
Customer guidance: Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme 21 January 2019
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJune 10, 2019 at 4:18 pm #79178
On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme
The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.
On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme guidance for local authorities 4 April 2019
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJune 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm #79179
BMW cost of a charger – £1070
Govt grant £500
Motability are hand washingJune 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm #79181
Does it have to be a bmw charger, there are many chargers on the market. I assume some must be compatible.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJune 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm #79182
This is what i was told last week:
‘With the BMW i3, the dealership will manage installing a wallbox charger and there’s no additional cost to you for this. They can also provide an AC fast charge cable at no additional cost’
It seems everyone confused ‘no additional cost’ with there not being a cost.June 10, 2019 at 4:26 pm #79183
Shame on them WMC.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJune 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm #79184
Filey333 I did not want to say this but in the light of what looks like a hidden charge……. I am really interested to know if this is TRUE? have you paid and extra £1000 for 14HP? Others have said that is the only difference between the standard car and the “S”?
Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!June 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm #79185
To be honest the dealers don’t have a clue. Motability like i said previous, used to supply and fit charging units for the old leaf. There really needs to be some clarity for customers wanting Electric Vehicles on the scheme.June 10, 2019 at 4:32 pm #79186
Brydo! see pays to be cynical???????
Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!June 10, 2019 at 4:33 pm #79187
Seems so Shawn lol.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJune 10, 2019 at 4:38 pm #79188
Typical motability they really don’t know there r’s from there ….
they just finish with a anything else I can help you with???
er you helped me.. ?