Posted by: carboncreditsusa | November 20, 2008

“BMW Mini-E” Electric Car Profile: “Breathtaking” New Vehicle Generates 204 HP With 150 Mile Range And 95 MPH Top Speed

“…The Mini E’s electric motor generates 204 hp and BMW says the car has a range of up to 150 miles. Top speed is 95 mph, but driving that fast cuts the range…”


“Breathtaking,” says BMW. “I shall call him… Mini-E.” With that, BMW jumps into the electric car derby, unveiling its electric version of the Mini Cooper. The high-profile test program/publicity stunt will involve a limited run of 500 of the electric cars, to hit the streets of southern California and New York in January.

This one’s tech is a lot like the Tesla, with 5,088 lithium ion batteries stuffed inside, powering a 150kW electric motor. That results in acceleration that’s enthusiastic but not jaw-dropping, going from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. The rest of the car looks a lot like the stock Mini Cooper, except for those blaring electric car graphics that let all onlookers know how this go-kart gets its kick.

The 500 cars will be leased to glamorous customers in hopes of attracting attention to the fact that BMW is, you know, doing something about electric cars. After this year-long Mini E test is done, BMW says it’ll build an electric car from the ground up, but didn’t say what would happen to these cute little electro-buggies.

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