Mini E – one year lease for over $500

Others | November 5th, 2008 by 12

Just a couple of weeks ago, BMW has unveiled their first electric car, coming from their Mini brand, E. A couple of weeks ago, we …

Just a couple of weeks ago, BMW has unveiled their first electric car, coming from their Mini brand, E. A couple of weeks ago, we announced that 490 of these cars will be leased to selected customers in California and 10 will be used as show cars, including the media test drive day at the L.A Auto Show.

According to Trudy Hardy, Mini USA’s manager of marketing communications, 9,500 people already showed interest in having a MINI E. If you remember, Mini has setup a page where everyone could sign up for test drives.

Mini E   one year lease for over $500

Start in November, around the L.A Auto Show time, Mini will take formal applications for the MINI E and car will be leased for one full year, but it will cost more than $500 according to a BMW spokeswoman. The lease will include all maintenance and replacement of parts.

Now, will the Mini E be available for all of us, the “regular” folks, or BMW/Mini will  stick to their celebrities, athletes and politicians list only.

  • Gragop

    this is an interesting proposition as it’ll be the first “drivable” electric car that could have appeal to enthusiasts. I’d love to try one out myself.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Gragop: Come to L.A on Nov 20, and we’ll drive one :)

  • Clara

    Wow… do they have any specs for the E?

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Clara: “The large battery weighing around 573 pounds is placed in the back seat, making the Mini E a two people car. The li-ion battery outputs 204 horsepower with a torque of 162 lb-ft. It runs from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 95 mph.”

  • Gragop

    @Horatiu B.: haha I would if I wasn’t closing on my condo on Nov 21st!

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Gragop: Damn, that would have been cool, especially since the flights are so cheap now in November

  • Gragop

    @Horatiu B.: aside from the top speed the stats aren’t terrible. No worse than a lot of 4 cylinder engines sold in Europe.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Gragop: I agree, I’m actually excited to drive it. I hope they will have a 7 Hybrid also

  • Gragop

    @Gragop: there’s always next summer – I’m supposed to go to Mexico and maybe Europe but I think I’ll have 2 or 3 weeks of vacation so I’ll be free for more shows/ races.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Gragop: There is a rumor also, the F1 race coming back to U.S

  • Gragop

    @Horatiu B.:

    For the 2010 season – I hope it does. Eccelstone is nuts for having no French or US Grand Prix. Next season will already have about 17 or so tracks. I’d love to know how they can schedule more races in!

  • Clara

    @Horatiu B.: “The large battery weighing around 573 pounds is placed in the back seat, making the Mini E a two people car. The li-ion battery outputs 204 horsepower with a torque of 162 lb-ft. It runs from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 95 mph.”

    that’s interesting- the battery is much heavier than the 4-cylinder engine would be. They must mean that the battery+motor weighs 573 pounds, but replaces the engine, transmission (hence the 95mph limit) and gas tank. Did they give a total weight for the e car?

    It also doesn’t hurt that the weight is now in the rear of the car. Is this now rear-drive, as well? Or is the battery in the back and electric motor in the front, driving the front wheels?

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