• Jul 9, 2008
BMW's MINI brand already produces some of the most efficient vehicles for sale in the US, and sources say the pint-sized cars will soon go emissions free, at least in California. BMW is planning to lease 490 Minis in California, with an additional 10 vehicles planned for show car duty. The emissions-free MINIs will be silver with a yellow roof, which should stand out nicely in the land of fruits and nuts.

There are no details at this point pertaining to EV range or date of availability, but BMW claims it will make an announcement regarding electric vehicles later in the year. With all the talk of game-changing vehicles coming in the near future, we're getting the feeling that the upcoming auto show season could be one of the more memorable on record.

[Source: Automotive News (subs req'd)]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      But is it still FWD? Honestly, If you're not going to have to transfer mechanical energy then there is no reason to not have the drive wheels in the right place.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a local EV club in the area and they can do an electric conversion for about $5000 using lead acid batteries. You can get about 50 miles out of it so it is not all bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      italian job anyone? they talked about in the bonus features how they had the only electric minis in the world. so i cant imagine it would be that hard to make an electrified mini, i mean if a film crew built one that could drive even for just one mile on a charge, than im sure the mighty bmw could multiply that by quite alot, im going for ~80 mile range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess this is a good as a PR stunt. 500 cars isn't going to make a huge difference, and leasing the cars implies they have the same problem the EV1 did, which is that you can't actually afford to sell the car at a reasonable price, so you lease out instead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. 500 cars is simply green-washing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool, but only 500? UGH
      • 6 Years Ago
      All the negativity on the blog is really irritating. A lot of the crap posted on this thread isn't even related to the Mini. I'm off to the forums on miata.net - at least they have some constructive criticisms.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That comment makes you look like an overweight Burmese hooker.

        Is that constructive enough?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...in the land of fruits and nuts."

      hahaha
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL...not many people will understand the context of fruits and nuts.....:)

        Regarding the MINI, how difficult would be to remove the engine, install an electric motor, controller, and NiMH batteries? Even if the range is just 35 miles on battery alone, given that GM is taunting that the Volt's (supposedly) 40 mile range should be sufficient for most commutes. Such a vehicle is not for everyone, but I am sure it is enough for mant. Bring it on.....
        axiom
        • 6 Years Ago
        "A car that goes 60 miles would be sufficient for most people most of the time. But as the EV1 showed, people aren't willing to buy a car that's sufficient for them most of the time."

        Many errors in your post. You couldn't buy the EV1, it was leased, in very limited production, out a few select dealers, in California only, with a range of 90miles, not 60.

        If offered today with the same range and the original cheap-lead acid batteries, it could be this century's T-model. Somebody else will do what GM won't.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        nuts indeed
      • 6 Years Ago
      I view it as a step forward, kinda like with big plasma and lcd tvs, they started out at $15,000 (for the consumer), and now you can pick one up under a grand.
      You have to start somewhere.
      As technology,manufacturing techniques and competition evolve, cars like this will get cheaper and cheaper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So when is California going to be held accountable for the carbon footprint caused by wild fires? These clowns go all wobbly about vehicle emissions while their state continues to burn. All they need to do is make lightning strikes illegal, and the problem of pollution caused by fires is solved.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah but lightning storms are caused by global warming, duh...
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