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Friday, November 2008

Electric cars are new. Once the horseless of upper class society they are now back en vogue to a renewed interest in achieving minimal-compromise driving. Enter the Mini E, an electrified Mini that will go on limited availability to select customers next year.

First first, the Mini E is not a mass-market car. Five hundred mostly in Southern California and the New York City area get name in now will be selected to Mini Es at $850 a month for a That fee includes all maintenance and an charging system. as well as all the required to fuel the Mini E for the (just checking to see if you are paying

Under the Mini E’s hood is a (a little over 200 horsepower) motor that is “fueled” by a seat-mounted rechargeable lithium-ion A single-stage helical gearbox the power to the front wheels. The E’s suspension has been modified to for the revised weight distribution batteries out back add a few pounds, but a diet cut the overall curb increase to around 100 lbs.

from badging and stickers, isn’t much outside to to drivers that your is not consuming any gasoline. The fuel door is still there, on this Mini it’s you plug in a cable from the charging system. Like any car, the Mini E emits a high-pitched whine when it is so be careful sneaking up on your shoppers in the Kroger parking

Inside, the changes are more Your friends who argued who got shoved in the back seat now have to drive themselves the Mini E’s huge battery take up the rear accommodations and of the cargo area. There’s enough room for a bag or two of groceries but else in this minimized

Don’t expect to take a country trip unless you can lightly and want to stop for charges.

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of charging, the Mini E goes up to 150 between charges, which about two hours to complete. A recharge takes about 28 hours of electricity about 5.4 per kWh.

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Climb aboard and the Mini E like any automatic-transmission Mini aside from a charge where you’d normally the tachometer, a power gauge you’d normally see the fuel and a distinct lack of whiny seat passengers. Those back there are quiet, of smell and you don’t even to worry about asking for to pitch in gas money.

Put the gear in drive, let off the brake and you won’t go although you might roll a if you’re not on flat ground. The E’s gas pedal isn’t particularly in its operation, which will a little getting used to for drivers to avoid head-snapping Hey, at least there’s one passenger to worry about. Let off the gas and the E will slow down rather than slowly to a stop like in a conventional In this mode, the electric acts as a generator, recovering kinetic energy and feeding it to the battery.

Because of this, Mini using the deceleration feature as a to come to a stop.

With of 200 horsepower on tap, the Mini E forward rapidly enough to some wheelspin and torque and, with no rev range to about, more power is from any speed.

Braking is and a little nonlinear, but is still than in some inexpensive and even the Toyota Prius. it takes some getting to, but by the end of our short downtown Los Angeles circuit, we had it down to a science.

The Mini E is one of few cars that you to pull up next to a Prius, the one with the personalized “LESS license plate we saw on our test and smugly look down the gas-guzzling heathen behind the The Mini E uses no oil other a few drops here and there for parts lubrication. Take Prius.

With a limited and limited cargo capacity, the E is a strictly in-town commuter and at that it excels. Handling is on par with a standard Mini, it’s possible to get the front end a more squirrely here in the gas version.

The future of the Mini E is the million question, though. BMW and Mini are tight-lipped about the project, but we be surprised to see the lessons learned this trial project to a larger, more utilitarian in the near future.

Words by Ganz. Photos by Mark and Mini.

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