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BMW Exporting 500 Electric Mini’s To California

Rumors | July 10th, 2008 by 4

Do you guys remember our article on the Project i division within BMW?  In a latest development, sources within BMW confirmed that it plans to …

Do you guys remember our article on the Project i division within BMW?  In a latest development, sources within BMW confirmed that it plans to export nearly 500 electric Mini cars to California.

The objective of “Project I" is to create a new brand built more around city and urban drivers that are looking for more of a gas and environmental lover than a sporty automobile.

Project i could  represent a solution for congested city motoring and it has also been tasked with coming up with innovative production techniques that reduce energy and water usage.

BMW Exporting 500 Electric Minis To California

The electric Minis are being built at the Mini factory in Oxford, England, without engines, gearboxes or fuel tanks, then shipped to Munich, Germany, where they are being fitted with electric powertrains.

Same sources told Automotive News Europe that 490 of the Minis will be leased to selected customers in California and 10 will be used as show cars. The leasing of those 490 Minis is similar to the 7 Series Hydrogen cars that were given to select people in California. 

The electric Minis will help BMW to meet the new California's law that will require automakers to offer zero emission vehicles by 2012.

Prius, here we come!

[Source: AutoNews ]

  • http://solarjohn.blogspot.com Solar John

    Hey BMW,
    I double-dog-dare you to sell or lease me an electric mini. Unlike Southern California, we have a wide range of weather extremes and road conditions. And with my 62 mile rt work commute, I would be an excellent choice as a beta tester for the car. I’m also into solar, and I would charge it as much as possible with my off-grid system. I write about my experiences on my blog, and I accept no money from the auto or oil industries. My reporting is unbiased and fair. Let’s get serious about cutting our dependence on oil.

  • David Link

    I want to be in the list right behind Solar John. We have owned a Honda Civic GX (dedicated CNG–the ACEEE cleanest/greenest car on the road in the US for 5 straight years) since December 1998. We wanted an EV, but none were available at the time. Though we are very happy with our clean Civic GX, it is still not totally zero emission like the EV Mini would be. Since taking part in the the GM Impact PrEView drive program, I have wanted an EV. My wife and I would love to be part of a beta testing program. My middle school Computer Applications students have been required for the past decade to research Alternative Fuels for vehicles with gas/electric hybrids as their primary focus, though EVs have always been the ultimate goal of my curriculum. Charging from a home PV array is the perfect way to achieve distributed electric generation and to greatly minimize electric generation as a contributer to emissions and global warming.

    Yes, we want one!

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