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The Mini E

BMW officially jumped on the car bandwagon with the 2008 of the limited edition Mini E car for The 2010 Mini E —an all-electric of the Mini Cooper—is capable of than 100 miles on a charge, and a 0 to 60 mph time of 8.5 seconds with a top of 95 miles per hour. These fall short of specs for the MINI Cooper, but the Mini E grant performance—especially acceleration zero—much better than all compacts or subcompacts currently on the today.

Approximately 500 Mini E were produced—and beginning in 2009 leased to municipalities and in Southern California, New York, and New Individual participants are paying a month for the year for the privilege of the stylish electric Mini serving as EV guinea pigs.

The car’s 380-volt battery is comprised of 5,088 individual and can be recharged using a standard electrical outlet. The battery has a maximum capacity of 35 kilowatt BMW provided specialized high-amp charging devices that a full recharge in less three hours.


The long-term of a mass-produced Mini E are uncertain, but not the point of the project. BMW’s goal was to learn about the and charging experiences of real-world The data started rolling in 2010.

There’s been a lot of about electric vehicle demands and being the first to the with obtaining ‘real use’ patterns. We’re now to shed some accurate on this subject, said Steinberg, manager, EV Operations and for BMW of North America. What shared with us is that, for the part, the MINI E suits daily driving needs and they really enjoy it.”

Lessons Learned

BMW experienced a of bumps in road during the days of the Mini E project. The included months-long delays in of vehicles to lessees; a shortage of cables leaving owners 110-volt charging requiring as as 21 hours for a full charge; and of delays in the installation and inspection of charging equipment, some expensive upgrades to home service.

But in due course, those problems solved and the Mini E drivers go about the business of putting miles on their cars. “We learned a bloody ton, and we to use that learning in the future, Steinberg.

What did they

The range of about 100 miles is for most daily needs.

at home provides enough for most daily driving.

for additional charging is centered on the of work, or where

sufficient is spent during the day (shopping stadiums, etc.)

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The first 500 E units are two-seaters. The lack of a seat and a usable trunk, than range, is most the reason the MINI E is not chosen for a outing.

Cold weather cuts range, causing range when the mercury dips.

the early hiccups, the Mini E have been delighted by the were bummed out by the limited leases. But BMW corrected that as well by granting current E drivers the opportunity to extend leases at least another

Moving Forward

The 2010 E is just one step along the way in electrification program. One step at a but surely—BMW is developing the knowledge and to deliver a small all-electric car by

Beginning in 2011, a similar of drivers will lease next electric test the four-passenger ActiveE—essentially an electric-drive of the BMW 1-series. The ActiveE will the company to further refine the for a line of large-volume future cars, as part of its “Megacity” That name, the current title for its 2013 small car, is based on the idea of urban commuters in, well,

Although the ActiveE will package the power electronics to for a decent sized trunk, the is expected to be a four-seat, three-door in size to a Honda Fit.

BMW believe that zero-emission cars, and fuel cells for matter, are a must—that is, if the company is to meet stricter guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions in the world’s global auto markets.

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