Mini Concludes UK Trials of Electric Car Participant Response Positive

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Mini Concludes UK Trials of Car, Participant Response

Aug 08, 2011

Mini’s year-long vehicle trial in the UK has ended, and the show that the majority of would consider purchasing an EV taking part in the test. over two six-month periods, the consisted of 168 London residents 40 Cooper-based Mini E models. The cars were doled out to private owners and company pool fleets. It’s that the data collected the trial will be used in the of the upcoming i3, BMW’s dedicated EV expected to launch in 2013 .

The study’s hard facts collected by onboard data-loggers and home chargers. These give you an idea of driver and the car’s performance. One interesting is that daily commute didn’t differ much to the study’s control group, of drivers of conventional cars the BMW 116i and Mini Cooper.

In the average distance driven per day was higher for Mini E drivers, at miles versus 26.5 for the control group. Another of note was that 82 percent of all used their home unit almost exclusively, due to the UK’s lack of an adequate charging infrastructure. Since the driving distance was less 30 miles per day, data that most drivers charge the car every night, the average charging frequency 2.9 times per week.

The Mini E has a claimed real-world of 112 miles.

In addition to collecting data, the trial also survey research, helping to the story of the drivers’ experiences. asked if they would purchasing an EV after taking in the trial, 96 percent of participants yes. Just about said they would pay a more for an electric vehicle, and 30 said they would purchasing one within the next

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Many weren’t so ready to go that soon though, 55 percent saying they’d two years or more.

When it down to living with the E on a daily basis, four out of respondents said that the car be suitable for 80 percent of their Those drivers also the Mini E would work for 90 of their driving needs if a seat and larger trunk added. When driven in the 80 percent of drivers said low temperature had an effect on the distance could drive between

As for how much the participants enjoyed the Mini E, 100 percent of them with the statement, “Electric are fun to drive.” Credit for this verdict is given to the Mini E’s drive system, which 204 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. All respondents agreed that the Mini E had pick-up and quick acceleration.” enjoyment also came trying to drive efficiently, as 74 agreed with the statement, was] a game for me to use the regenerative in a way that enables me to reach my without draining the battery.”

While the survey results may be the UK trial isn’t the first we’ve seen positive from people who’ve the Mini E. The preliminary field of the U.S.-market Mini E saw similar from drivers, with the saying their experience it more likely for them to an EV. Mini E Lessees have how much they admire electric Minis outside of as well, with one user on forum NorthAmericanMotoring.com saying, Mini has] been a car to drive and…still has the same and range as the day I picked it up…that’s over 1100 recharges and miles of driving!”

Source: Mini, North Motoring

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