Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MINI E

As my girlfriend drives a MINI, this caught my attention:
The BMW Group will be the world’s first manufacturer of premium automobiles to deploy a fleet of some 500 all-electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. The MINI E will be powered by a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, transferring its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox nearly without a sound and entirely free of emissions. Specially engineered for automobile use, the battery technology will have a range of more than 240 kilometers, or 150 miles.

Sadly, her chances of field testing one for a year were given a blow by this:
The MINI E will initially be made available to select private and corporate customers as part of a pilot project in the US states of California, New York and New Jersey.

Check the link for (much)greater detail on the specifics, but it doesn't look like they have announced any greater plans then this field test.