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Mini E: first delivery of zero emission Mini

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31st May, 2009

The first of several hundred customers in the United States has taken delivery of a Mini E – a fully electric, zero emissions vehicle—as part of a year-long field study.

Deliveries of the Mini E to other US customers will be completed by the end of June.

The field study, will see 450 Mini Es deployed in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas.

Additional vehicles will be tested in Berlin and Munich, Germany; and London, England.

The 450 U.S. vehicles will be leased to customers as part of the one-year field study.

As part of their participation in the field study, the selected users will provide ongoing real world use feedback to Mini on their experiences with the zero-emission electric cars.

More than twice the number of people applied as there are cars available in the U.S.

The Mini E can travel around 240 kilometres on a single charge depending on driving style and conditions, while providing the agility and handling of a Mini Cooper.

It is powered by a 150 kilowatt electric motor. The energy supply comes from a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The vehicle, which debuted at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November 2008, can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 152 km/h.

Mini will install a special wall box into each Mini E customer’s garage that can fully recharge a completely drained battery in just two-and-a-half hours.

The Mini E is the first product of BMW’s Project i, a programme designed to research and develop transportation strategies and new types of vehicles specifically to meet the needs of the world’s growing mega-cities.


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