All-electric Mini E
Good-looking Mini E use rechargeable lithium-ion battery which powers a 204 hp (150 kW) electric engine. The technology used will allow the battery enough power for 240 kilometres (some 150 miles in the US), and that technological miracle will be premiered at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19 and 20, 2008. It's no surprise that first Mini Es will be driving at the streets of California, New York and New Jersey, the most eco-friendly places in the States.
The technical data say that Mini E's electric motor delivers a peak torque of 220 Nm, it will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds, and maximum speed will be 152 km/h (95 mph). Not the stellar performance, but fast enough.
Based on the well-known Mini, the new Mini E will have two seats because the back seats are converted into a space for the battery. The lithium-ion battery will have a maximum capacity of 35kWh and it is made up of 5,088 cells. Those cells are grouped into 48 modules, and those modules are into three battery elements. They feed the motor with direct current at a nominal 380 volts. In the USA, users can recharge a battery within a very short period of time using a wall box that will ship with every Mini E and it will be installed in the customer’s garage. Time needed for recharge: two-and-a-half hours.
The new Mini E weights 1,465 kilograms (3.230 lbs), minor modifications are made to the suspension, and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system has been adapted to this model's specific wheel loads. The brake system comes with a newly developed electric under-pressure pump. Its Electrical Power Assisted Steering (EPS) is the same as the one used in mass-produced Minis. Both brake and steering assistance react to driving conditions and are thus extremely efficient.
The MINI E is obviously a member of Mini family. However, the first 500 units will have the same paintwork and bear a serial number on their front fenders. The exterior is a combination of metallic Dark Silver on all panels, but the roof is Pure Silver. The zero-emissions Mini will have a new logo, a stylized power plug in the shape of an "E" set against the silver backdrop. It has been applied to the roof, in smaller dimensions to the front and back, to the charger port lid, the dashboard trim, and to the door jamb. The color of the roof edges, mirror housings, interior style cues and seat seams will match the logo's yellow tone as well. ■