Mini E

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Mini E
Mini E
Parent companyBMW
AssemblyOxford, England
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
Transmission(s)1-speed helical
Wheelbase97.1 in (2466 mm)
Length146.2 in (3713 mm)
Width66.3 in (1684 mm)
Height55.4 in (1407 mm)
ManualsService Manual

BMW announced the production of a Mini powered by an electric motor in the summer of 2008 to be called the MINI E.[1] The BMW Group will be the world's first manufacturer of premium cars to deploy a fleet of more than 500 all-electric vehicles for private use. [2]

BMW’s CEO, Norbert Reithofer, announced that Dr. Friedrich Eichiner will head a new department, codenamed Project i, which will focus on designing minicars with advanced technology. Dr. Friedrich Eichiner unveiled the MINI E on the rooftop of the Beverly Wilshire the day before the start of the 2008 Los Angeles auto show.

Eichiner hinted that there is a possibility that a fourth brand could be formed, but nothing only if an advanced technology didn’t fit in a Rolls-Royce, BMW or MINI.[3]

Mini will unveil an all-electric version of its two-door Cooper hatch at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show[4], and planned to deliver an initial batch of 500 examples to customers in California towards the end of 2008. BMW is using its Mini brand to test the waters with its electric powertrain technology but the vehicle was also developed in order to meet new California regulations that require carmakers to offer zero emission vehicles.[5]

Power comes from an Asynchronous electric motor that is mounted in the former engine bay and is rated at 204 PS (201 hp/150 kW) and 220 N·m (162 lb·ft) of torque. Drive is sent to the front wheels. BMW has gone with a lithium-ion battery pack with an overall capacity of a 35kWh. Top speed is electronically limited to 95 mph (153 km/h). The car’s range is 150 miles (240 km) on a single charge under optimal conditions. Estimates of normal driving conditions put ranges at 109 miles (175 km) city and 96 miles (154 km) highway.[6]

The Mini factory located in Oxford, England, supply vehicle gliders (cars without powertrains) to a team located in Munich, Germany, which then adds the electric running gear.[7]

9,500 people signed up to lease the MINI E, which will cost about $850/month [8][9] or 600.


Nevada’s Hybrid Technologies has started production of its electric-powered BMW Mini Cooper all-lithium model. The new electric Mini uses Hybrid Tech’s own proprietary advanced lithium management and battery-balancing systemTop speed is only around 80 mph (130 km/h) but driving at a slower speed preserves battery-life and means owners will be able to travel up to 120 miles (190 km) on a single charge. [10]

Competitors in light electric vehicles

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