Power Meter - Dots for less power?

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So I noticed this the other day and decided to see if it would come back.

As the battery in my M3 gets lower and lower I see dots beginning to appear on the far right edge of the power meter (see attached photo). The most I have seen is three dots when I was down to about 50 miles of range.

Has anyone else seen these or have an explanation of what they are? It reminds me of a 'redline' in an ICE car to show where power output caps, esp. as battery gets lower and theres more of a necessity to preserve range/performance.

Will post more photos this week as the dots increase.
 

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My guess (based on how my Leaf behaves):

A battery with a low state of charge is physically unable to deliver as much current as one that's well-charged. So as your battery gets really low, this is probably how the car lets you know that you will not be able to accelerate as hard as you usually can. Those dots represent "currently unreachable" power.
 

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I've seen that before with higher capacity as well. My gut feeling was that it was more about battery temp or some other factor that simply limited max output.

That said, even flooring the car the bar never hits the end anyway :)
 

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The dots can appear on either end of the meter, and indicate the max allowed (regent or power) in that direction. Various reasons: state of charge, current conditioning state, temp.
 

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I've seen that before with higher capacity as well. My gut feeling was that it was more about battery temp or some other factor that simply limited max output.

That said, even flooring the car the bar never hits the end anyway :)
Following up to reverse what I said. Either I never noticed or this changed with the latest update but the bar most certainly hits the end under full throttle. It’s just the regen side that never hits the end :)
 

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come west. we have all the best things, like mountains ;)
I always like my travel west, that is until I have to come back home and lose 3 hours.