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BMW Group, along with Vattenfall Europe, has announced that the Mini E field trial in Berlin, Germany is entering phase two. In total, seventy of the electrified Minis will hit the roads, with 30 going to private customers and 40 earmarked for fleet users.

The aim of the trial, funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry, is to optimize charging strategies and to make use of renewable sources of energy (i.e. water and wind) to power up the Mini Es. In order to support the ongoing field trial, a total of 50 plug-in vehicle charging stations have been installed in and around Berlin.

The Mini E field tests began in 2009 in the U.S., the UK and Germany. Subsequently, trials expanded into France, Japan and China. In the first phase, the Mini Es in Berlin have racked up a reported 310,686 miles and three out of every four of the drivers advocate the exclusive use of renewable energy sources for charging up electric vehicles in the future. Too bad that's not always feasible.

[Source: Green Car Congress]


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      • 1 Month Ago
      Well, the Mini-E is good for such a trial . . . AC propulsion has long integrated V2G (vehicle to grid) technology in their charging electronics.
      • 3 Years Ago
      so phase two means they've developed their own cost effective drivetrain instead of the super massively overpriced ACP drivetrain?
      or just milking the old lie one more time..
        • 1 Month Ago
        which is spectacularly useless
        • 1 Month Ago
        ACP is the only one with V2G.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Earth to BMW: trials are sooo over. This government-funded trial seems mainly to demonstrate that Nissan will have no trouble selling the Leaf in Germany. Google Translate of the original press release https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/pressclub/p/de/pressDetail.html?id=T0102399DEhas these choice bits:

      "In the application phase were received over 1,800 private candidates."

      The only vaguely interesting research might be: "For private users were selected for the first time aware of so-called lantern Parker, who have no private charger and use only the public charging infrastructure in Berlin."

      Another piece of 'research': " 20 mini E users will be able to use the prototype of a route planner for smartphones, which can display including charging stations along a selected route." Or buy a Leaf and get a real working telematics system!

      There's an outrageous piece of spin-doctoring at the end of the piece:
      "Thus, the BMW Group by the world's largest electric vehicle fleet of its type in six key markets."