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.
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.
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