Mini E: AC Propulsion Inside
Tom Gage and the employees at AC Propulsion are some of the 'unsung heroes' of the electric car frontier. Their t-Zero demonstrated it was feasible to power a small, electric car 300 miles on finger-sized laptop computer batteries. They adapted that approach to converting Toyota Scion xB gasoline vehicles to all-electric with more 100 miles of driving range, selling their first version to actor/producer Tom Hanks.
Now that very same technology is powering 500 electric versions of BMW's Mini Cooper, called the Mini E. In this exclusive EV World interview, Gage talks about the background of how the Mini E project came about, as well as AC Propulsion's business activities in Asia, including building their drive system in Shanghai.
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