BMW have developed an electric version of their Mini, know as the Mini E which will be leased to fleet and individual customers in very small quantities, about 500 in all, in select locations in the USA including California, New York, and New Jersey.
The 500 cars were being built in the Mini plant in Oxford and then they were transferred to the BMW center in Munich where the electrical components and batteries were being installed. BMW accepted applications for a one year lease at a cost of $850 per month which includes insurance and all maintenance. Eligdability for the lease you will need to live in Los Angeles or the New York, New Jersey metropolitan area.
The Mini E is very much the same as the current Mini Cooper but the back seat has been removed to make room for the battery pack so the car will only seat 2 people.
The Mini E is powered by a 35KWHr 350 volt lithium Ion battery pack made up of 5088 individual cells driving a 204 hp electric motor. Top speed is rated at 95mph and it can accelerate from 0 - 60 in approximately 8.5 seconds. Range is quoted as about 150 Miles. The car weighs in at 3,240 lbs and the suspension, braking and dynamic stability control system have all been upgraded to deal with the greater weight of this car.