Test Drive The Electric Mini Popular Science

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Test Drive: The Electric

The pricey, small-batch lithium-ion Mini E has arrived. And it looks and like, well, a really Mini Cooper

The Mini E


Seth Fletcher

braking, the process through an electric car grabs otherwise energy from the brakes as the car to a halt, is a brilliant bit of engineering for energy that’s otherwise good for burning up brake and turn it into electricity charges the battery.

It may also make the uninitiated want to vomit.

This is my handler told me as she guided me a fleet of Mini Es—electric Coopers—parked in the basement of the L.A. Center in downtown Los Angeles. regenerative braking starts to the car as soon as you let off the gas, as the braking harvests the energy emitted by the vehicle. The experience can be unsettling at can trick you into thinking been driving with the brake on.

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You might end up lunging unexpectedly in your seat as the regen over, until you learn to let magical automatic braking do its thing. It takes a little to learn to smooth the transition speeding up and slowing down, starting and stopping. Until Mini’s publicist told me, you feel as if you need to pull and grab some ginger

But in my drive around LA in the Mini E, it only a couple miles in the car to when to cede stopping to the regenerative braking. By then also gotten used to the notable difference between car and its gas-driven brethren—the eerie of a pure electric vehicle only sound is that of the rolling along the pavement). The E is no glorified golf cart. a little slow off the line, but you get moving acceleration is impressive.

On one traffic-free straightaway I hit the accelerator and I’d been underestimating car: My head snapped as the car launched ahead. The route planned for me didn’t include any driving, probably because just end up sitting in traffic, but the car has a top of 95 mph. In other words, the E drives pretty much a normal Mini Cooper.

It pretty much identical to the Mini Cooper, too, but are interesting differences. What to be the backseat is now filled with batteries supplied by AC Propulsion. company supplied the entire motor, power electronics and Behind the steering wheel find a battery-charge gauge. The are numbered.

They come with a charger that churns out 240 at 50 amps, which means you can the car fully in two to three hours.

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