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It’s Electric! The MINI E

For of you who liked spy photos of the electric a couple weeks back. we a treat for you. BMW is officially that they will a fleet of 500 all-electric MINI’s for in the US. The MINI will be made for lease in California, New York, and New

BMW is claiming that they are these vehicles to test to reduce energy consumption and in road traffic. These vehicles will be leased to citizens and commercial operations to see if are any overlooked problems or concerns need to be mitigated before the enter mass production.

The vehicle, now called the MINI E, is by a 204 hp (150 kW) motor. Capable of 162 lb-ft of torque (220 the motor will draw from a rechargeable 380 volt battery. The MINI E will front wheel drive and a range capable of 150 miles km) on a single charge (which is than enough range for of Americans).

The single-stage helical gearbox be capable of sending the MINI E 0 to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds. Speed will be limited to 95 mph, which that no one should really a problem with how fast it This MINI will be a two-seater, as the lithium-ion battery has up the back seat.

The E can be recharged any standard wall outlet but charge times can vary, has included a special wallbox” can recharge the vehicle in two-and-a-half

MINI is also promising this car will handle it’s MINI brethren, a sporty ride and 50/50 distribution. The car, which 3,230 lbs, has had its suspension for that classic kart The car also will feature Stability Control (DSC) and Power Assisted Steering

For city driving, the E will regenerative braking, allowing for 75 percent of deceleration to be done the brakes, and extending city by nearly 20 percent.

What we most about this MINI is that the vehicle close to its MINI heritage, in of size, handling, and overall When you look at this car you see a not some environmental statement to a company’s image. BMW has done most car companies have to do, which is produce a car first and a statement later. Unlike GM, who has now two concept Volts that you can’t buy for another few years, BMW a more conservative and realistic by deciding to unveil a production based off something that exists.

And MINI has done a good with smooth flowing and power plug decals this car is simply beautiful. On the the E features a nice yellow and colour scheme, which can be all over, from the black instruments with yellow to the black leather seats yellow stitching. A couple nice details are the polished gas accelerator and brake pedals and the accents on the door.

MINI placed the most important the charge indicator, on the steering for easy monitoring.

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For those of you wanting to lease one of the here are a few things to consider. the lease will be offered as a lease with an extension Your monthly payments cover anything that or otherwise goes wrong with the vehicle. Again, vehicles are test vehicles, means that you cannot buy at the end of the lease.

BMW plans to evaluate the comparatively against one another (so no against your local or BMW dealer when the time to take these cars Because of the wallbox charging the vehicles will only be to MINI customers with garages. In the event something to be fixed or adjusted, only BMW/MINI personnel can perform on these vehicles.

Those of you of you concerned about the overall safety, should know that these have passed numerous tests, and the lithium-ion battery damaged in any of the tests.


As we said, week, the vehicles will be in Oxford then shipped to where the electric motor, units, transmission and other will be installed. Production of vehicles has already commenced and continue through the end of 2008. The will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Show on November 19th and 2008.

No word yet on the how much the will cost or if these will eventually be available in

TheCD’s take: A very start for MINI and the BMW group. will be applying for one of these so we’ll keep you up to date.

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