BMW Mini E moves ahead with road trials in US and Europe

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BMW Mini E Electric Car moves with road trials in US and

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BMW has completed trials of the Mini E, a limited 100% electric, zero version of its popular Mini

MINI E field trials of 500 started in November 2008 on the and east coast of the USA. The were made available to a screened pool of applicants a one year closed-end lease. storage and charging facilities, as as suitable daily driving were considered.

BMW expects to get about 100 miles on a single depending driving style and The average daily range for a typical person living in a area is less than 60

The MINI E’s 204hp motor provides enough to rapidly propel the car to its electronically maximum speed of 94 mph. BMW that one of the most striking for first time drives of the E is how incredibly quick the acceleration The electric motor reaches its torque levels almost and does not need to rev to higher to reach its power band.

The by wire” throttle control the power curve to avoid traction off the line.

MINI E report that the car is so quiet the experience of having such torque available is almost at first, and may require a little attention to the speedometer to keep exceeding posted speed

The battery is a 35 kWh pack containing lithium-ion cells. The complete weighs 572 pounds (259 The battery occupies the rear area, and brings the weight of the E to a fairly hefty 3,230 lb a standard Cooper which just under 2,800, 13 gallons of fuel.

Because of the weight, and likely also due to the programmed power curve, performance is reported to be similar to the Cooper, with 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds despite the extra 86 hp.

Because this is a limited trial, the pack or chassis not customized to fit the limited confines of the chassis without sacrificing space. The MINI E has seating for two people and less storage than a gasoline-powered MINI

The MINI E’s regenerative system uses the electric as a generator when decelerating, the car’s kinetic energy to electricity, extending range up to

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The car’s drive train and are being supplied for this production run by California company AC a well-regarded pioneer in high-performance cars. AC Propulsion was founded in by Alan Cocconi. Cocconi the electronic controller for the Impact of the GM EV1.

AC propulsion has set performance with its tzero electric car, capable of 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 300 mile range driving 60 mph.

MINI E can be charged through (at 12 amp) and 220-volt (at 32 or 48 amp) sources. Using the dedicated MINI E charging station in drivers’ garage, the car can be charged in four hours. A full takes about 24 hours using a standard 110 volt Fully re-charging the battery off-peak electricity at current will cost around

Using higher-rate Tier 3 or electricity, the cost will be than $8.00.

The cost of the is $850, but includes finance collision coverage and maintenance. The insurance is worth about of the cost. The net cost is closer to a MINI lease when the significant fuel cost of $160-$400 per month assuming travel of 12,000 — miles for the year.

The MINI E began testing in and Munich Germany in June The UK is the third market to participate in the research project, which in the second half of 2009. in the Berlin trial may change at charging stations provided by one of Europe’s leading energy

BMW of North America and the University of at Davis (UC Davis) partnered in a field study to determine the of electric vehicles. MINI E based primarily in Los Angeles a few in the New York City-area, participated in the

The UC Davis-led research focused on interactions with the MINI E, and BMW with insights into usage and perceptions about vehicles. The study gathered information from 50 of the 450 MINI E in the US, through online travel written questionnaires and a series of conducted throughout the one-year

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