Wanted New drivers to test electric MINI

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Wanted: New drivers to test electric MINI

MINI is about to launch phase two of its electric car trial and is looking for 20 drivers willing to take part.

Phase one of its trial of electric MINI models is already underway, with the first 20 drivers already running their pioneering new rides since December 2009. However this trial comes to an end in June, when the drivers will have to hand the electric cars back.

Now the parent firm, BMW, are looking for a new batch of motorists willing to lease one of the electric models for £330 per month from September 2010 for six months. Participants need to live within the triangular geographical area between Andover, Oxford and West London. To apply for a chance to lease an electric MINI, drivers need to fill out the online application form at www.electricMINI.co.uk .

The Government-backed trial, run by a BMW Group-led consortium including Southern Electric and regional development agency SEEDA, will evaluate the technical and social aspects of living with an all-electric car in every day life.

Southern Electric will install a free home charging point for each car, as well as a network of public charging points, so the cars can be ‘topped up’ whilst drivers are out and about. The car can also be charged from a standard three pin socket.

The monthly lease fee includes VAT, insurance and maintenance (subject to conditions). The MINI E driver only pays for the electricity used – and obviously has no petrol costs. In addition MINI E drivers are eligible for other benefits like zero congestion charges in London.

The MINI E looks the same as a standard MINI Hatch, with the performance close to that of the MINI John Cooper Works. A two-seater model only- the space normally taken by rear passengers is reserved for the lithium-ion battery.

Maintenance, servicing and technical assistance will be provided by dedicated BMW Group UK ‘flying doctors’. These technicians will be supported by selected MINI dealers within the MINI E research area.

Suzanne Gray, Project Manager for MINI E, said: “We were overwhelmed by the level of interest in the first phase of the trial, and we are confident that we will attract a similar level of applicants for the second phase. We would love to hear from people who have the enthusiasm and curiosity required to take part in a ‘real world’ research study.”

In addition to living in the set geographical area, MINI E test drivers must also have a private garage, car port or driveway, so a wall-mounted high power charging unit can be installed by Southern Electric. The 240V/32 amp supply provided by the unit can fully charge the MINI E’s lithium-ion battery pack in just 4.5 hours. An adaptor for use with an ordinary 13 amp socket will also be supplied for occasional use. The lower capacity charge takes just over 10 hours to provide a full charge.

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