Mini E arrives in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

At last, the first of the MINI Es that is part of the testing program of BMW have already arrived in the US and are now being prepped for delivery to those who were registered as testers.

There are reports saying that the cars are being stored in a facility in Central California where the firm makes the finishing touches to prior to the tests. Earlier, BMW announced that they will bring a number of MINI Es in the US to be employed in typical street environments.

A ten-unit fleet will be made available in New York City, and the same also being readied for other location around the globe including London and Berlin. BMW is thrilled about the prospect of developing this latest form of sustainable mobility.

PlaNYC initiative of Mayor Bloomberg has exhibited a sharp understanding of the importance of sustainability which BMW shares. BMW claims that the MINI E zero-emission is just the first step toward a more sustainable transport system.

There were about 1,800 applicants who signed up for the 450 MINIs to be tested in the US. Those who were authorized to pick the 450 testers came from eight dealerships in Los Angeles, five in New York and three in New Jersey.

BMW had to make sure that the driving style fits within the test limits. A drive of 200 miles a day is not within BMW's test range.

MINI E comes with power to reach 150 miles with just one charge, with power coming from a 150 kilowatt (201hp) electric powerplant in addition to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The acceleration rate of the MINI E is 8.5 seconds from 0-62mph and hits a maximum speed of 95mph (152km/h) which is electronically limited.

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