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The all-electric MINI E

Say good-bye to your rear seats and cargo space.
BMW's MINI E ditches its gasoline engine for an electric motor and batteries

In July, DailyTech first brought you news of BMW's plans to offer an all-electric MINI to California. Sources close to the project claimed that the MINIs would be partially assembled in England and then shipped to Germany where their batteries and electric motor would be installed during final assembly.

Well, the rumors were true and BMW officially announced the all-electric MINI E. The MINI E uses a 204 HP (150 kW) electric motor which is paired to a single-stage helical gearbox to drive the front wheels. The 35 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is comprised of 5,088 cells which are mounted in the cargo area of the vehicle.

The placement of the batteries, however, results in a serious erosion of the Mini's already limited cargo carrying abilities and necessitates the removal of the rear seats. The massive battery pack also adds significant weight to the petite MINI's chassis. A MINI with a traditional internal combustion engine weighs just 2,546 lbs in base form. The MINI E boosts that figure to a portly (for its size) 3,230 lbs.

BMW says that the MINI E can travel 150 miles on a single charge which is more than triple what the Chevrolet Volt can manage with its onboard lithium-ion battery pack. The Volt, however, still has a longer overall range since its onboard gasoline engine generator can recharge the battery pack once they reach critical levels.

Once the MINI E's battery has reached critical level, it can be charged at home using a standard wall outlet. The battery pack can be charged in just 2.5 hours when using a special charger that can be installed in the driver's garage.

When it comes to performance, BMW claims that the MINI E can accelerate from 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 95 MPH.

BMW will make available 500 MINI Es to California residents -- pricing has not yet been announced.



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Nifty
By Whedonic on 10/19/2008 11:21:29 AM , Rating: 4
On the one hand, this is really cool. On the other, we need a major step forward in battery technology to cut down on weight/extend range.




RE: Nifty
By FITCamaro on 10/19/2008 1:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously. I mean damn. 700 lbs in added weight? That's gotta make a small car like that handle like shit. Must have some seriously beefed up suspension to handle the extra weight.

Overall 150 miles is definitely enough for almost anyone's daily commute. So its definitely a nice step. I think its dumb to compare it to the Volt though considering the Volt is about twice as big and weighs even more than this Mini.


RE: Nifty
By stburke on 10/19/2008 3:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I'd like to see the use of more lithium-polymer batteries since they have something like 20% more energy density than ol' lith-ion


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