• Jan 14, 2011
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When asked about the arrival of the production Coupe and Roadster at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Mini Communication Manager Nathalie Bauters told us that the Mini Coupe "will go on sale in the fall, probably as a 2012 model year. The Roadster will come six months later as a 2012 or 2013 model."

What won't ever make the retail playground is the Mini E. "It will not go on sale, it was for research," she said. Some of the leases on the first year trial for consumers and electric companies have been extended to a second year, but the end of the second year will mark the phase out of the program. A lease program with the 1 Series-based BMW Active E will follow, also to gather intelligence on electric cars, with both programs helping to prepare for the arrival of the BMW Megacity.




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      • 3 Years Ago
      I can hear the conspiracy theorists now:
      "OH NOES1!! Mini killed the Electric Car"
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ John H

        Yeah, but that's not really fair. The Mini E was never meant to be a mass production car at all. From day-one it was a test bed.

        And I fully believe that with the next-gen Mini coming soon, a new real mass-production Mini will come out along with it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Neither was the GM EV1, but that didn't stop the eco-nuts, either.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If they are consistent they will. Not holding my breath though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nahh, they'll still find a way to blame it on GM.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ John H

        Well you hype the crap out of something as much as GM and the press did, I can't really blame them.

        I am all for "eco" (what a stupid term) related technology, but when hype hits a population with a questionable grasp of technology and critical thinking skills, expectations are never going to be fulfilled.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm surprised BMW didn't watch the movie before launching the project in the first place - after GM's EV1 debacle, the lesson on EVs should have been clear: go long or stay out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obviously, they don't think they can make any money on the E. You just can't get around "impractical".
      • 3 Years Ago
      here's a homebuilt electric car based on a 1970s datsun beating a bugatti veyron quarter mile www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOTewHnwVGI

      electric will own your ignorant selves

      if you want to learn how to make an EV yourself you can watch the weekly feature length shows on www.evtv.me
      • 3 Years Ago
      Because Minis are expensive enough -- throw an all-electric drivetrain in there and the sucker would be $50k easy! Now who in their right mind would pay the premium for that...?
      • 3 Years Ago
      MINI E was a tossed together experiment. The batteries were where the back seat WAS and it was very, very heavy. No wonder they are killing it off.
      • 3 Years Ago
      PR stunt.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, GM does this and they are the devil. Furry, happy Mini does it and the hipsters don't say a word. I love it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait. How can a car that's never been in production, be "phased out"...?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Megacity sounds like metrocity from the movie Megamind.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What won't ever make the retail playground is the Mini E. "It will not go on sale, it was just a press stunt

      ^ fixed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Mini does a bit more to separate the coupe from the regular hatch aside from a new roof and a new price tag. In my perfect world, it would be RWD and priced the same as a Cooper S. Also in my perfect world, Felicia Day would return my phone calls. Oh well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rwd, feature the z4s new turbo four, weigh comfortably under 3000 lbs and cost 40k. Oh... Wait.. Then BMW would be building an actual e30 successor. Forget that, keep building mini derivatives and cars 500 lbs heavier than they ought to be BMW and we'll keep wondering why you're too inept to take some mini know how and build a real e30 for 2011
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