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An electric Mini?

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This comes from Gas 2.0 - it looks like the world will be seeing electric versions of the Mini...it's just too bad there will only be 500 of them and they're for private use.

 

The BMW Group is about to become the first manufacturer of premium automobiles to deploy a fleet of nearly 500 all electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. Powered by a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor and fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the vehicle will be nearly silent and emissions free.


The Mini E will have a range of about 150 miles and will initially be offered to select private and corporate customers in California, New York and New Jersey, but will first be given its world premiere at the LA Auto Show on November 19th and 20th, 2008.


As for its speed, BMW claims that it will offer acceleration to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds with a top speed that is electronically limited to 95 mph.


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I would love to own one outright, but they are only leasing them.  Seem s like they are testing them on the market.  Trying to see how hard people are on the batteries and the like to see if an electric Mini is a viable product or not.  I hope they educate their lessee's about how to properly drive them.

 

Here is some more info from The Green Car Journal:

 

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Originally Posted by TimFoster:

I would love to own one outright, but they are only leasing them.  Seem s like they are testing them on the market.  Trying to see how hard people are on the batteries and the like to see if an electric Mini is a viable product or not.  I hope they educate their lessee's about how to properly drive them.


 

Agreed.  Let's hope they don't meet the same fate as the leased EV1s. 

 

Let's also hope lessees don't try to drive them as if they're in the Italian Job (which is generally the impression I get from seeing gasoline Minis on the road).

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