It seems that most of the Mini E drivers in the U.S – who are paying $850 a month to lease the all-electric prototype vehicles – really love their vehicles. This is what we hear from the drivers themselves and from BMW. While U.S. drivers get their cars for a year (or more), the few people in the UK who can get behind the wheel only get the car for six months. On the upside, though, they get them for free. Also, they get a free home-charging unit.
The reason for the free Mini Es is because BMW is working with the UK government in a consortium that includes Southern Electric and the South East England Development Agency to test the cars. The consortium, which will pay the £330 per month lease fee, is currently looking for 20 more drivers who live in the "triangular area between Andover, Oxford and west London" to participate in phase two of the Mini E trials, writes the Telegraph. Interested? Sign up here.