Mini Cooper Electric

The BMW Mini Cooper Electric, or Mini E, is an all electric version of the popular Mini Cooper compact car. The E is fully electric and sports the following specs:

  • 150kW power
  • 220Nm torque
  • 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds
  • Lithium-ion batteries at 35kWh
  • Range up to 156 miles per charge (104 miles average)

The car requires between 3 and 26 hours to charge. 3-4.5 hours if using 240 volts and 26.5 hours if using 110 volts.

The Mini E is currently in field trials in several countries, including select cities in the U.S. The trials include leases to drivers who are using the cars daily and reporting results to both BMW and the world at large via websites and blogs.

So far, these trails have proved several things about the Mini E design and BMW's technology. Despite the trials, however, BMW has made it clear that a production electric E is not going to happen. Despite there appearing to be a good market for these EVs, the size of the vehicle makes it untenable for market acceptance as an electric. To get the range the E has, a lot of interior space and storage was taken by the batteries.

BMW will be using the information to improve its other electric vehicles in the works, however.

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