According to Automotive
News, BMW has plans to lease 490
all-electric Minis to California residents. Ten additional vehicles will be
used on the auto show circuit to showcase BMW's prowess in zero-emissions
According to sources close to the project, the Minis will be
assembled in England, however, the engine, transmission, and fuel tank will not
be installed into the chassis of each vehicle. Instead, each partially-assembled
Mini will be shipped back to Germany where they will be equipped with electric
motors and battery packs.
Other details of BMW's latest venture are rather scarce at
the moment. BMW officials failed to confirm or deny the report and simply
stated, "BMW will announce whether it will build electric vehicles or not
later this year."
500 vehicles are definitely not enough to make a huge dent
in BMW's efforts to produce more eco-friendly, but it's a start. BMW is making
similar baby steps with its Hydrogen
7 luxury sedan. The Hydrogen 7, which is a heavily-modified 7-Series,
features a 260 HP twelve-cylinder engine that can run on either on conventional
premium gasoline or hydrogen at the push of a button.
BMW's niche efforts with an all-electric Mini and the
Hydrogen 7 will join other efforts from General Motors with the Chevrolet
Volt plug-in series-hybrid electric vehicle and Honda with the FCX
hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.
quote: Where was it debunked? On some opinionated blog supporting big oil? On some site that was paid off by petroleum interests?
quote: If you're going to advocate something, at least have the balls to accept responsibility for the negative consequences.
quote: would have meant a quick death for big oil and thus a majority of the automaker's companies as well...
quote: I personally believe that it was CARB's fault (due to obvious pressure/lobbying), as they dropped the 0 emissions mandate. Immedietly afterwards ALL manufacturers dropped their EVs.
quote: Why is it that they wanted to develop hydrogen so bad, even though it requires a non-existent infrastructure and has no benefit over EV's (minus the charge time).
quote: I think the car industry needs to really wake up and come up with completely new propulsion schemes
quote: About the wheel size, only makes a difference when the weight distribution makes it necessary. Otherwise, the extra grip of wider tires helps you more on cornering and directional stability at high speeds than on straight line acceleration, as the contact patch (the part of a tyre that stays in contact with the ground) helps to attain a better traction when it is longer than wider
quote: So what would I pay for the car? I get 25mpg, at 12,500 miles/year, $4.50 gallon gas (CA), thats $2250. I've seen figures for other electric cars at 5 miles/kwh, so electricity at $.10 a kwh would cost me (12,500/5)*.1 = $250 So savings of $2000 a year. I'm cheap, so I'd want to be paid back in 7 years, so $14,000 more than the equivalent mini. ( The gas Mini is rated 27 mpg city and requires premium fuel ) Mini MSRP is $18,000; so $32,000 roughly. I wonder if they can get anywhere near that?
quote: Acceleration and speed are only a means to an end. It is what the driver does through the turns and obstacles that determine their true skill.
quote: SCCA Solo II requires zero audience to have a good time. :P
quote: I can put 130 miles worth in every night with my own compressor. Tax credits bring it down to about 60cents/gal.
quote: According to Automotive News, BMW has plans to lease 490 all-electric Minis to California residents. Ten additional vehicles will be used on the auto show circuit to showcase BMW's prowess in zero-emissions vehicles.
quote: Plus, do you want to take someone's battery not knowing what abuse it's received? My brand new battery could get replaced by one with over 100,000 miles on it!
quote: Those prices will come down, because oil wouldn't have so much demand