Revealed Electric MINI E

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Revealed: Electric MINI E


We’ve known for a little while now that BMW would be introducing an electric version of its iconic MINI, and now we have the photo proof as Autocar has taken the wraps off the new electric car. Equipped with a 572-pound lithium ion battery of unknown capacity, the MINI E reportedly has a range of 150 miles after an 8-hour charge. Its electric heart beats out 204-horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, which should be plenty to make this MINI scoot. Indeed, the run to 60 should take a bit over 8-seconds and the top speed has been limited to 95 miles per hour. The entire car weighs in at a bit over 3,200 pounds and regenerative braking is used to extend the range.

Body modifications are minimal, with unique badges and paint separating the E from its gas-powered siblings. On the inside, the gages have been switched up, with a multi-function unit in front of the driver, though the speedometer is still front and center in the middle of the dash. We’ll be seeing it in person next month at the LA Auto Show .

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Teaser E car releases to Test public interest, test electric prototypes. pure balderdash, something is underlying this type of public pure E Mini marketing/hyped release.

The hard costs for this vehicle perfectly match $48k to $53k dollar marks, why? The regen means using AC motor (expensive — up front, less expensive downstream) The battery pack,

cost wise is more likely std. liION cobalt oxide, for A123 or exotics the prices would soar to $100k.

The good thing is this is going to be a great little car. The bad thing is that until the battery prices are produced in volume, we are stuck with Very High Prices. this will do little to help volume exotic LiION battery prices.

Would I buy it. yes, why? I love the Mini.

do i buy into the Mini E as a possible production car? no. why? By mass producing the car, the prices would have been immediately doable for both manufacturer and buyer. Signs of bad love.

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Regarding the question of this car’s range and the Volt — they are two different types of vehicles. The Mini here is a full Electric vehicle — no regular engine, so it has a bigger battery pack since that is all it can use. Remember the GM EV1 with NiMH packs (a generation older than Lithium packs) had much more than 100 miles range — would have been in the 300+ mile area with Lithium Ions.

These types of vehicles are known as pure Electric Vehicles (EV’s).

The Volt uses a smaller (in proportion) battery pack to give the vehicle only a 40 mile range (a smaller battery pack is cheaper) and a gas engine to kick in if you drive further than 40 miles before you charge up (most people’s daily driving falls in the 40 mile range. says GM). This is what is known as a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle or PHEV. its just a different way to tackle the problem.

GM could put a much bigger pack into the Volt and drop the gas engine and have a much bigger all electric range if they wanted to, but that’s not their basic strategy. There has been some talk they may do this for a variation of the Volt to meet the California requirements for zero emissions vehicles in the future, but that a ways off, if it happens.

One of the biggest cost items in these cars is the battery pack, so the smaller capacity you can make it the cheaper it will be, GM is betting that all the extra expense of the regular gas engine etc. is cheaper (or will sell better) than a pure EV Volt with a big battery.

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