Apparently the US consumer is not impressed with the recent drop in the petrol prices and the tendency to move towards cleaner and greener energies is still going strong. If you read our blog in the past months, you learned that the first Mini electric produced by BMW and Mini will be available to 450 US based customers, residents of New York and California.
The one year leasing terms include a monthly payment of $850, not an affordable price, but most likely worth it for the level of “coolness” that you will achieve. Despite the high lease payment, $850/month, BMW and Mini are reporting that the number of applications received is about four times the number of Mini E available, so if my math is correct….approximately 1,800 requests.
The Mini E can go for 156 miles between charges, it’s a two seater car since a large lithium-ion battery replaces the back seat. The MINI E’s electric drive train produces 220 pound-feet of torque, which with the single-stage gearbox takes it from 0-60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds, not bad for a car that doesn’t rely on a combustion engine. Mini E is a useful mostly as a city car and it’s limited to 95 mph, not sure if by choice or by simply technology limitations at this time.
The Mini E test drivers are being studied by BMW to see how people respond with limited-range vehicles. The future of Mini E depends on the tests results and since there are no plans for a mass production electric Mini at this point, we can only hope that the car will live up to the drivers’ expectations and that within three years, you could just pick up a Mini from your local dealership.