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One of several BMW Mini-E electric cars available for test drives in November 2008
One of several BMW Mini-E electric cars available for test drives in November 2008 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Video: Driving the Mini-E

Video from November 2008 test drive of BMW Mini-E electric car.

By EV World Television

Back in November 2008, BMW invited EV World for the unveiling of the Mini-E electric car demonstrator program, a year-long initiative to garner information about the operation of electric cars. The Munich, Germany-based carmaker contracted with AC Propulsion to modify its popular Mini Cooper to run on electric drive, powered by lithium ion batteries. 500 of the cars have been converted and are now in the hands of consumers, half in southern California, half in the greater New York City metro area.

Powered by AC Propulsion's 150 kW (204 hp) drive system and a 30kWh battery pack, the car has an estimated range of 250 km (156 mi), a top speed of 154 km/h (95 mph) and zero-to-100km/h (60 mph) acceleration in 8.5 seconds.

Customers were required to take out a hefty $800 a month lease for twelve months, paying for the privilege to drive an electric vehicle that offers remarkable handling and acceleration. The above video was recorded during the vehicle's Beverly Hills premier, just prior to the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. The cameraman/navigator is Sam Smith, the managing partner of EV World & Associates, LLC, EV World's professional consultancy. The entire test drive was just over eight miles and involved lots of city stop-and-go driving and one example of California road rage.

Illustration of Electric Car drive components in BMW Mini-E

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Published: 03-Aug-2009

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