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Has anyone tried charging up your IX 50 at an Electrify America DC Fast Charger since you received your vehicle? I am planning a cross country trip from Maryland to Washington State the day I pick up my IX. I might be crazy, but after two years cooped up at home, I need an adventure. 馃榿. I have already plotted out a route between Maryland and WA using Interstate 90 for most of the trip. ABRP (A better route planner) shows it is completely doable with EA chargers just about every 200 miles. I am just curious if anyone has had issues with DC handshake issues with the EA Chargers and the IX. Want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row so to speak before pointing the IX west.
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Has anyone tried charging up your IX 50 at an Electrify America DC Fast Charger since you received your vehicle? I am planning a cross country trip from Maryland to Washington State the day I pick up my IX. I might be crazy, but after two years cooped up at home, I need an adventure. 馃榿. I have already plotted out a route between Maryland and WA using Interstate 90 for most of the trip. ABRP (A better route planner) shows it is completely doable with EA chargers just about every 200 miles. I am just curious if anyone has had issues with DC handshake issues with the EA Chargers and the IX. Want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row so to speak before pointing the IX west.
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I have used Electrify America DC fast chargers in different places for last 3 weeks and have no handshake issues. However I observed different charging rates at different locations. From similar 150KW charge stations, my IX 50 received at the rate of 110 KW and as low as 45 KW. So, you may like to plan to spend more time at charging station in order to get your IX 50 charging target.
 

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Has anyone tried charging up your IX 50 at an Electrify America DC Fast Charger since you received your vehicle? I am planning a cross country trip from Maryland to Washington State the day I pick up my IX. I might be crazy, but after two years cooped up at home, I need an adventure. 馃榿. I have already plotted out a route between Maryland and WA using Interstate 90 for most of the trip. ABRP (A better route planner) shows it is completely doable with EA chargers just about every 200 miles. I am just curious if anyone has had issues with DC handshake issues with the EA Chargers and the IX. Want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row so to speak before pointing the IX west.
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I did Austin to Mississippi the day I got mine and used one in Dallas and Little Rock and it worked good. Make sure you get the EA code from your dealer for the App before you begin the journey. There was a learning curve to get the app to work to start the charge. I had to call EA customer service and they were quick to respond and got me going..
 

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Has anyone tried charging up your IX 50 at an Electrify America DC Fast Charger since you received your vehicle? I am planning a cross country trip from Maryland to Washington State the day I pick up my IX. I might be crazy, but after two years cooped up at home, I need an adventure. 馃榿. I have already plotted out a route between Maryland and WA using Interstate 90 for most of the trip. ABRP (A better route planner) shows it is completely doable with EA chargers just about every 200 miles. I am just curious if anyone has had issues with DC handshake issues with the EA Chargers and the IX. Want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row so to speak before pointing the IX west.
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Just don't try to stop at the Hagerstown chargers; 3/4 of them were broken the last couple of times I checked over the last week.
 

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Has anyone tried charging up your IX 50 at an Electrify America DC Fast Charger since you received your vehicle? I am planning a cross country trip from Maryland to Washington State the day I pick up my IX. I might be crazy, but after two years cooped up at home, I need an adventure. 馃榿. I have already plotted out a route between Maryland and WA using Interstate 90 for most of the trip. ABRP (A better route planner) shows it is completely doable with EA chargers just about every 200 miles. I am just curious if anyone has had issues with DC handshake issues with the EA Chargers and the IX. Want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row so to speak before pointing the IX west.
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just a heads up. I live in Maryland with my iX. Some EA chargers are better than others.Some ea stations aren鈥檛 maintained so just be prepared to wait.
 

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Thanks for the heads up about those chargers. I plan on heading out of Cantonsville via I70 heading west.
You鈥檒l be fine then. Catonsville has a nice one. Another thing, might be a good idea to turn lane departure off or disable the steering wheel vibration. I took mine on a four hour trip, and as a lefty, I tend to drift. Lane departure kept recommending that I take a break from driving haha.
Safe travels! You鈥檝e got a long road ahead.
 

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Pad your charging plan and pack your patience. The closest one to me only has 2 working stations out of 6. And the term working is generous as it usually pumps out at 35kwh or less
I appreciate the advice. I figure I have an interesting adventure ahead of me. I plan on recording each charging session on the way back since there does not seem to be anything like that on Youtube currently. At a minimum, it will be good feedback for EA to improve on their stations.
 

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I appreciate the advice. I figure I have an interesting adventure ahead of me. I plan on recording each charging session on the way back since there does not seem to be anything like that on Youtube currently. At a minimum, it will be good feedback for EA to improve on their stations.
I鈥檓 sure it will be an excellent adventure鈥 safe travels!
 

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@dbailey Please post what happened. You sure have guts!

A month after we get ours I was thinking of Orange County to Lake Tahoe, which ABRP says 2 stops, but if there were problems on that trip my better half would conclude "no more road trips in the electric car", and that'd be the end of that.
 

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@dbailey Please post what happened. You sure have guts!

A month after we get ours I was thinking of Orange County to Lake Tahoe, which ABRP says 2 stops, but if there were problems on that trip my better half would conclude "no more road trips in the electric car", and that'd be the end of that.
Hopefully that range anxiety will pass. Great idea as a destination for a first trip in the iX. Were you thinking of taking 395 ?
 

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Yes and here's what A Better Route Planner says for me... this seems too conservative don't you think? Never more than 200 miles on a leg before having to stop?
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Given the circumstances (new car, first trip etc) I think it's a perfect route with lots of time to get accustomed to the nuances of the car. Besides, you may divert and some of those roads are built for cruising a lot faster than ABRP's speed projections.... Who knows, me and the wife might propose a caravan of iX's.....:cool:
 

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Sorry if we are de-railing this thread. But googling around- that first charging stop is shown as "coming soon" on the EA iOS app, and even on ABRP, nothing faster than 50 kW was working and of those, half were down. And it doesn't look like there is another fast charger around that location. So nix that. I'd need to top off before there. This is going to take some planning...
 

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I had an email exchange with the developers of ABRP about how conservative they have the stops listed for the BMW IX 50. The reason they are so conservative on the stops is they do not have "enough" data on the BMW IX 50 as to its range and charging characteristics. They consider their data for the IX to be "Alpha" at this point until they have better data on charging curves and range. I did send them Tom Mahoney's test data from his test results on the IX50 on the State of Charge Youtube Channel. Apparently, there is a way to submit your range data to ABRP as you charge, and I plan on doing that on my upcoming cross-country trip from Baltimore to WA State (the week of July 11th).

I have a full route planned via ABRP, I have also cross-referenced this with the Plugshare app, and of course, I am going to use the route planner in the IX as a starting point. I will probably go conservative for the first few charges and see how the BMW IX does as I gain more confidence in its routing algorithms.

In the beginning, I am going to make sure I am no more than 250miles between charging points and then bump that up as I get more confidence. I am looking at this as big adventure and plan on just "enjoying the ride and experience". I am also planning on recording some of the trips on a go-pro camera and also plan on recording my charging sessions to see how well or bad they go.

Below is my first ABRP for the first 500-mile leg from Catonsville MA to somewhere around West Unity Ohio, again depending on how the first couple of charging stops go. ABRP has these VERY conservatively set with charging stops at 133, 119, and 193 miles. Depending on what the IX is telling me for range during the trip - I might be able to skip some of these or I might just do them to spend less time at a charger for each charging session. The IX might be able to do 300Miles - but unfortunately, my bladder is ranged at 220 :LOL:

I will keep the forum apprised of the trip if others are interested.


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