My Weekend with the Electric Mini Cooper (Minie) and my review photos and videos

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As my 77-year old father (who drove the car) said:

is the car of the future!

The Mini-e is in a ‘field in the US. It is an all-electric car. It has the same as a Mini Cooper S. People invited to apply for one. actually, for a 1-year lease.

My and her husband applied and recieved one of the ones to be delivered in LA. (They are availalbe in the LA and New York areas.) At the end of the the car will have to go back to Cooper for evaluation.

We picked up the at Alexander Mini in LA on Saturday, May 30,

Here are a few body shots on any images here will you to the Flickr photo page, of my Mini-e photo set ):

As you can see, are plenty of distinctive markings to it as a Mini-e. There’s an additional for the sides (that is seen in press photos) which is

The body color and interior are distinctive to the Mini-e. Here’s the

The back seat is taken up by the Here’s a look behind the seat:

Each Mini-e has a number on the body (on each between the door and the hood). one is #150. We were told by the that 007 was, of course, sought after!

Official about the Mini-e can be found at the Mini-e web site (here’s the spec sheet ), but what I here is information gleaned reps at the Mini dealer and experience.

Let’s start the fun stuff. I shouldn’t be surprised, read about the Tesla, but thing moves. It isn’t so its 0-60 (officially 8.6 seconds) or its top (officially 95 mph), but that no how fast you’re going on any if you give it gas, it instantly

I think another thing makes it seem fast is the engine sounds that used to hearing when you a car aren’t there. My brain that typical straining of an internal combustion engine I press the pedal to the floor, but you get that with the Mini-e. speed. There is a little engine ‘whine’, but that isn’t the same thing.

And here’s the first possible when you do floor it, it starts to like you could lose The slightest movement of the steering at maximum acceleration feels the car is going to veer wildly off But that’s why this is a field

BMW will be working out the kinks this car comes to market.

The top speed of 95 mph is because of a governor electric cut-off), but I didn’t it much past the speed on PCH anyway. that’s where get split in half. I’ll ask my (who loves his motorcycle) top speed later, after had a chance to let it loose. (Actually, he did the Mini-e’s feeling of acceleration to of his motorcycle.)

You can get a sense of the acceleration, other things, in the videos in this review.

Here is the distinctive characteristic of driving the when you take your off the gas the car immediately and dramatically begins to down.

This is BMW’s for getting the maximum re-charge for the while driving.

It is the first and thing the Mini Cooper tell you about before you get the wheel of a Mini-e.

The decrease in when you take your off the gas is so dramatic, in fact, that the lights come on as you start to down even though not using the brake.

In regular you will rarely use the brakes for coming to a complete stop or a quick stop.

When you normally take your off the gas to coast as traffic slows you have to continue to press the to achieve this same

It is certainly something that you to get used to, but not something you can’t get to. And you can see the effect by watching the charge on the speedometer as the car slows.

As I mentioned, you need to use the brake at all when you to come to a stop at a stop when your headed up an

BUT, once you come to a stop at the stop sign, the only holds you there for 2 and then suddenly it starts to back down the hill. when you definitely need to use the not to stop, but to keep it from backwards.

I discovered this I almost rolled backwards a Prius (of all things). It is only sense that you’d to use the brake to hold it on a hill, but awhile you get so used to not using the on flat terrain that you about it when you later yourself going up a hill and to a stop sign.

Backing up a before my sister her husband got Mini-e, electricians came out to house to see if they had sufficient for the charging station. Then the folks installed the Clipper charging station :

And here’s the plugged in and charging:

The charging will fully charge the batteries over night. If you make it back to your station or want to charge else, you can use a different cable and it from a regular 110 outlet. A charge like this, a regular outlet, would 26 hours. (Note: the dealer did not the 110-volt, regular household cable when they up the car.

It will be supplied As soon as it is plugged into the station a fan can be heard running the rear of the car. It is pretty

Our experience over the weekend was the Mini-e’s batteries got a lot of charge in a time from the charging In a couple hours it went a 35% charge to an 95% charge.

I’ve heard range (when fully charged) of 90 to 150 My sister’s commute is 45 miles so it will be perfect for that.

Oh, by the in case you might forget your all-electric Mini doesn’t need any gas at all, has included a handy and hilarious no sticker next to the plug-in:

is a switch in the ‘trunk’ labeled HV Disconnect. As my brother-in-law said, is what emergency responders switch off before using the of life to get you out of the car after an accident so don’t get a shock. He also that he was told that departments in the LA area had been information on identifying the car and the location of switch.


The main dial the steering wheel shows the level of charge in a 0% to 100%

A small digital screen at the of this dial can show information. One setting shows the range in miles with the charge level.

Here’s a of the dashboard when the Mini-e is on. It shows this dial move from 0 to 100% the ‘Start’ button is pressed it was fully charged when I it. (Like other Mini the large dial in the center of the is the speedometer.

Unlike the Prius, its large, graphic intensive to display engine and battery and battery status, the Mini-e has a half circle of orange on the right side of the speedometer indicate whether you are using or the battery.

When you are accelerating, and draining the cars battery, the at the 9 o’clock position and above up. When you are coasting (remember, you take your foot off the gas the immediately begins to slow thus charging the battery) or the LED’s at and below the 9 o’clock light up.

In this video (and I in advance for the poor quality) first see the LEDs below the 9 position lit because my wife has her foot off the gas, the car is slowing and using the momentum to charge the Then, when she starts to the LEDs above the 9 o’clock begin to light up.

I’m going to to let the pictures convey everything I don’t pretend to understand I’m seeing under the hood. The Cooper spec sheet it an AC Induction Motor:

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This is of my wife, Cara, driving the from a residential street PCH (Pacific Coast Highway 1 in She demonstrates slowing down using the brake. (The odd up and moment is when she goes a speed bump.) You’ll get to what the acceleration sound is as she pulls onto PCH.

second video is of me driving the Cara is filming. She zooms in on the power use gauge that whether you are using or charging the Then you’ll see out the front as I accelerate down the street.

I do use the when coming to this sign, probably because I was too fast and waited too long to let the car do the down for me.

You can view the entire sticker on Flickr. The MSRP for the is $49.990, but remember, it is not for sale. It is only available on a 1 year

But the most interesting part of the sticker is the EPA Estimated Energy Information. When I first at it, I was confused, seeing a big 33 and a big 36. I was accustomed to numbers representing average and city MPG, and those seemed inappropriate for an all-electric

And they are! The EPA has a new system for cars: kW-hr/100 miles. It that the 36 kW-hr/100 miles for driving is equivelent to 94 MPG.

The have estimated annual too, but that’s difficult to given usage and electricity variables.

The Mini-e seats 2. is no back seat. That’s the battery is. There is a small area; room for a couple of groceries.

The shifter (on the floor the seats) has 4 positions: P, N, D, and R.

BMW has made an to make the Mini-e as ‘normal’ and as to a regular internal combusion Cooper as possible. An example is my above, to the large status on a Prius versus the small of LEDs on the Mini-e.

Mini-e is Cooper’s prefered name for the although at the outset we also ourselves calling it the e-Mini and the Mini. (The later work well at all since my has a regular Mini Cooper is green in color and that it hard to know which we were talking about.)

The is a blast to drive.

There are a things to get used to: the immediate when you take your off the gas and rolling backwards on an incline. But are no more difficult to get used to switching from driving a car automatic transmission to one with a transmission.

You aren’t going on any trips in this car. you’re not going anywhere than about 70 miles With a

150 mile range and a 20+ charge time on a regular 110 outlet it would make for a slow trip across the The 2 person capacity and minimal area are notable limits as but it is a perfect second car to be used for daily commute.

BMW/Mini learn a lot more about prototype by leasing it to 500 real than they could on a track. A very smart It will help them in bringing the final version to

And hopefully in that time capacity will increase and will decrease.

BMW/Mini was smart to put the electric motor and in a standard Mini-Cooper S body. It is a and established look. I’ve several people comment on the of the Prius and that Toyota have been smarter to put first hybrid engine in an model like the Corolla or

My 77 year-old dad was profoundly impressed this car. After he got from his first time the Mini-e he got out of it and said, This is the car of the

Several friends and family Mini-e #150 during its weekend in LA and each of them got out of the car wide eyes and a big smile.

In I’m pretty damn of my sister for having this I wish I lived in LA so I could it more often (or lease my I look forward to the day when the is available for purchase everywhere.

I to show you this, too, the car we to pick up the Mini-e. My sister’s Ford Thunderbird. Yes, it is a car, but what’s really fun is the of driving a Detroit gas guzzler to up a zero-emmision all-electric car. are are some more (artsy) of the Thunderbird in my Mini-e Flickr set .)

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