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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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RE: Charging Speed
By croc on 10/19/2008 5:34:55 PM , Rating: 1
Link please.

RE: Charging Speed
By codeThug on 10/19/08, Rating: -1
RE: Charging Speed
By croc on 10/19/2008 7:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
Simple request, said 'please'. Who died and left you the PC hall monitor, asshole? That's impolite, but you either are too ignorant to read, or too arrogant to care.

RE: Charging Speed
By codeThug on 10/19/08, Rating: -1
RE: Charging Speed
By masher2 on 10/19/2008 8:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
It's in the link from the source article.

RE: Charging Speed
By croc on 10/20/2008 2:19:48 AM , Rating: 1
There is nothing about charging times in that link, nor about the circuit required to install this charger.

Standard US house circuit is 15A, maybe 20A... the KWH available vs. the supposed KWH for a full charge does not add up to 2.5 hours for a full charge. You seemed to indicate some deeper knowledge of this process, so I supposed that you might have a link as to where you you learned this.

RE: Charging Speed
By HandiCapable on 10/20/2008 9:41:39 AM , Rating: 2
From the source article:

"MINI will be supplying a high current charging station with the cars that can be installed in the driver's garage to facilitate quicker charges, providing a full charge in 2.5 hours."

RE: Charging Speed
By croc on 10/20/2008 4:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
From the blog:

A full recharge draws a maximum of 28 kilowatt hours of electricity from the grid.

Now, my maths give me 11.2 KWH from the circuit. I take that a bit further to see how many amps @ 120 volts, and it looks to me as if it will require a dedicated 100A cuircuit.. Not exactly what every garage's wall socket provides.

Mini AUS can't provide any more information as this appears to be confidential information outside of the test areas... Mini USA either doesn't know ar isn't talking (to me).

Maybe someone in SOCAL can apply for the lease and give us more information...

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