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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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Metric system please
By kontorotsui on 10/19/2008 5:05:58 PM , Rating: 5
With all due respect to the THREE coutries in the World that still use the Imperial units like miles and lbs, a scientific oriented DailyTech should always use (and convert when needed) the metric system.
I was shocked to find out that only 3 countries in the World are not using yet the metric system: , Myanmar, Liberia and the United States!

RE: Metric system please
By Aquila76 on 10/19/2008 5:30:25 PM , Rating: 4
Well, if the economy keeps on its current track all three of us will be 3rd World countries. Yay money!

Oh, and I concur. We need to step up to the 1960's over here.

RE: Metric system please
By oab on 10/19/2008 9:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
The UK still uses Imperial. Mostly, it's a weird hybrid.

RE: Metric system please
By martinrichards23 on 10/20/2008 5:56:13 AM , Rating: 2
Not true, most old people in the UK *think* they only understand the imperial system, but try asking them how many furlongs in a mile, generally most have no idea what a "quart" even is.

Imperial is used for a few standard things (persons height in feet/inches, weight in stones, driving distances in miles), but otherwise people are totally clueless.

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