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. 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. The
possibility of offering the MINI E in Europe as well is currently being
considered. The MINI E will give its world premiere at the Los Angeles
Auto Show on November 19 and 20, 2008.
The MINI E's electric drive train produces a peak torque of 220
Newton meters, delivering seamless acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in
8.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 152 km/h (95 mph).
Featuring a suspension system tuned to match its weight distribution,
the MINI E sports the brand's hallmark agility and outstanding handling.