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Electric car to be unveiled at Los Angeles Auto Show

BMW has chosen the Los Angeles Auto Show to present the new all-electric MINI E to the media. As reported a few months ago by Autopia. BMW has been working on the plug-in MINI and will make it available to select markets.

500 cars for North America

Much of the speculation surrounding the electric MINI is that it helps BMW meet some states zero-emissions mandates. BMW has 500 MINI E s headed to three states in the U.S. California, New York and New Jersey.

These cars will go to private and corporate customers.

Each vehicle carries a one-year lease with an option to extend it. And following BMW s common practice of servicing their leased vehicles free of charge, any maintenance or service requiring the replacement of worn parts will be included.

Once the lease is up, the MINI E is returned to BMW engineers for comparative testing.

On a side note, BMW provides a wallbox installed in a customer s garage. It provides higher amperage for short charging times. Expect a MINI E to take about 2.5 hours to charge.

Only lockable garages will be considered for MINI E power stations.

Production of the 500 cars will take place at BMW’s Oxford and Munich sites and should be completed before the end of 2008.

MINI-like performance?

As you might have guessed, the MINI E will only be available as a two-seater. The rear passenger seats will be occupied by the cars lithium-ion battery pack, made up of 5,088 cells grouped into 48 modules.

The cars electric drive train will produce about 162 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels. You ll get to 62 mph in about 8.5 seconds and top out at an electronically governed 95 mph.

Of course it s hard to estimate how far the car will go on a single charge. According to BMW, one kilowatt hour equals 5.4 miles. A fully charged BMW E draws 28 kilowatts. So it s safe to assume the car has a 150 mile range. The MINI E also has a regenerative braking feature where the electric motor acts as a generator, directing power to the batteries that otherwise would be lost.

BMW says this feature extends the car s range by up to 20 percent.

MINI E styling

Yes, should you be one of a select few to lease a MINI E, you will be comfortable knowing that what you are driving is unique. But the styling, not so much. All 500 MINI E s will look the same, as pictured here. Even more unfortunate, the stylized power plug E logo is everywhere: the roof; on the front and back of the car; the charger port lid; on the dashboard; and finally, on the door jamb.

Yikes! I hope you like yellow!

And, with such a limited number of MINI E s, will BMW go the way of Honda and target Hollywood for it s eye-catching and media-hyped market? We ll have to see once the cars are ready for distribution.

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