• Nov 18, 2008
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BMW board member Dr. Friederich Eichiner unveiled the first MINI E this afternoon at a press event in Beverly Hills, California. The company has built 500 of the battery-powered cars that will be leased to customers in Southern California and the New York City area starting in January. Each car is equipped with electric drive systems and battery packs provided by California's AC Propulsion. The 35 kWh packs are expected to provide a range of about 125-150 miles on a charge and accelerate the car to 60 mph in an very reasonable 8.5 seconds. BMW is using the MINI E as the first step of its Project I, which is focused on developing new innovations for urban mobility. A web site will be launched in the next couple of days where people will be able to officially apply for the program. For those who get selected, the MINI E lease will cost $850 /month and only last one year. Check out ABG for more information on the car and what BMW is trying to achieve with it.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Just saw 3 of them doing a photo shoot on Rodeo Drive about 20 minutes ago. And also a BMW Hydrogen 7.

      Interior looks a bit different than the current Minis...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Especially behind the front seats.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *yawn*
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes the FCX seem like a bargain at $600/mo (for a 3 year period.)

      And don't forget, you can't buy one if you don't have a locking garage, access to a power point and a laundry list of other qualifications.

      I wonder if the bag of fail is included at no extra charge?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I wonder if the bag of fail is included at no extra charge?"

        - Now that is funny. Kudos.

        $850.00 a month? Not funny.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree the FCX Clarity lease is a much better deal since it no doubt costs more to make & also is a larger more useful car (however in terms of fueling it's even worst since you need hydrogen).

        Of course according to a bunch of places who reported this story, a 1 year lease on a normal Mini would already cost almost $800/month so it's not that bad. The FCX is a 3 year lease and apparently a 3 year lease and 1 year lease are completely different in financing terms.

        Anyways they'll probably have no problem finding 500 people to try these cars out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @jake:

        I haven't read the reports that you mentioned, but $800/month for even a fully-loaded Mini Cooper S would be an outrageously bad deal. Even assuming there's no down payment, that's almost $10K in one year. Considering that the point of a lease is to make a profit over the depreciation of a car over the lease term, that would make for a *huge* profit for the lessor.

        Anyway, I don't mean to shoot the messenger - just wanted to bring that up. Unless the people who lease these Minis put a very high price on environmental conscience (or are using it as a "green" status symbol), $850/month is outrageous. One certainly could never come close to offsetting the price by reduced fuel costs, at least.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now.... start producing them for $25k and I'll want one :P. $800/month lease? No thank you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When the 1-year-lease is up, will the MINI Es be rounded up, put in a remote, high security, fenced, parking-lot and eventually destroyed?

      Awesome car. I like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why must you have an electric version of a car that already gets a bazillion miles per gallon?

      I love it, though. But the whitewalls WON'T work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah. They should bring on the old school big ass gangsta whitewalls so you can pimp in style.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The company has built 500 of the battery-powered cars that will be leased to customers in Southern California and the New York City area starting in January."

      Here is the one thing I never get with these companies releasing plug-in cars in New York. 95% of the residents do not have a GARAGE!!! or means to plug the car in! We park on the streets, or in a parking garage, or a space down the road that we rent out.

      No way am I running 10 extension cords from my apartment out to the street, down 3rd ave to my car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM was asking questions such as "Do you have access to an electrical outlet at home?" when potential customers wanted to lease an EV1.

        Does that mean GM was trying to block sales of the electric car? Sounds like due diligence to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Conundrum: haha, oh man that would forever stop me from giving to the homeless and trying to be fuel-efficent with my cars!

        New Yorkers would be better off using SWO/WVO cars instead. I could turn my closet into a filtering facility!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its only a matter of time when someone develops an infrastructure for electrical power source at each parking space.
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