The Green new MINI E
by Jan Harris
October 28, 2008
Powered by an electric motor that can produce over 200bhp the electric Mini has arrived in style, and although it looks very similar to the current car it is an altogether different breed that has taken BMW years to put together.
Following previews at the Los Angeles Motor Show next month, 500 Mini E’s are planned to be built for the US market.
The Mini plant in Oxford will be fitted out in order to produce the car for the European and UK market, although formal plans for full production have yet to be announced.
Despite this, it has made a huge announcement of its arrival as Mini have claimed that the car is capable of a 0-60 time in 8.5 seconds, which is respectable for a petrol hatch back, never mind an electric one.
The car will have a range of 150 miles based on an 8 hour charge time for the lithium-ion battery pack.
The Electric Mini will be as distinct as the Cooper was when they first came out at the beginning of the decade.
Each run of production will be given its own unique colour scheme and a plug icon on the bonnet and roof to let every other driver know that you are being green in style.
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