Mini Electric Car

Who doesn't love those cute little Mini Coopers? Some of them that pass you on the road may even be electric.

Mini has a test car it calls the Mini E (for electric). 450 of them are on the road right now -- 250 in the Los Angeles area and 200 in the New York/New Jersey area.

The cars first became available for lease in June 2009 for $850 per month. Even at that high price, 9,500 people signed up for the opportunity to drive an electric Mini.

In May 2010, those leases could be renewed at $600 per month.

Testing has also begun in several cities all over the world.

Mini owner BMW has not announced plans to market the Mini E. However, information learned in the testing will go into the BMW i3, an all-electric car that will be mass produced sometime between 2013 and 2015.

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