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Mini electric: The version of the Mini looks like the regular version, that it has a yellow plug and yellow trim.

On Wednesday, BMW an electric version of the Mini car at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 200 of the cars have already delivered to the United States, ahead of a wave of new electric expected from other automakers starting in 2010.


“They’re the first to have a says Felix Kramer, of CalCars. a group that the development of plug-in hybrids and vehicles. BMW was able to speed the of the car by adapting an electric drive from a small company in to work in an existing vehicle. automakers are instead developing models from scratch. which acquired the Mini when it bought the Rover in 1994, plans to build an 300 electric cars by the end of the year, the total to 500.

The cars will be leased to consumers for a year. The automaker’s is to use the leased vehicles to gather about real-world driving will aid the engineering of future electric vehicles. “There’s no after the first 500, couldn’t sell as many as could build,” Kramer

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BMW first approached the company developed the Mini’s drive AC Propulsion, only a year says Tom Gage, the company’s GM, by contrast, announced its plan to an electric car nearly two years ago and that it will deliver its vehicles at the end of 2010. (In the 1990s, GM an earlier electric-vehicle program, had produced a car called the EV-1 in quantities.) GM is working with to develop new battery packs specifically for its car, called the With AC Propulsion, BMW got a ready-made drive system that be incorporated easily into the and which has been field-tested in AC

Propulsion vehicles.

Some of these vehicles well over 100,000 on them, Gage says.

The used in the Mini is based on a system developed for the tzero, AC high-performance electric sports which can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.6 The Roadster, a car produced and sold by the Tesla Motors, was inspired by the and the first prototype was based on AC technology. Adapting the tzero’s for the Mini required only modifications, Gage says.

The AC Propulsion design is distinctive in because it uses a single set of to both charge the battery and the electric motor, saving and weight. The system is also The battery can be charged at a variety of and voltages, from overnight from a standard 110-volt to a 2.5-hour recharge from a outlet that will be in the garages of those who lease the Mini.

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