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The New Electric Mini-Cooper

By Shannon Arvizu

The Mini Cooper is fun and sporty–but what if it was also the greenest car on the market? This year marks the field trial of the new Mini-E, an all electric Mini Cooper. It consumes no gas, releases zero-emissions from its tailpipe, and has lots of high torque for a zippy pick-up on the road.

So how does it work? The Mini-E has a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery. The battery stores 150 miles of electric propulsion. When plugged into a 240-volt special charging wall box (installed by arrangement with the dealer), the Mini-E recharges in 2.5 hours. Given that most Americans drive less than 40 miles a day, this range should be quite sufficient for daily commutes and more.

The Mini-E also boasts major savings in fuel costs. Given average electricity rates and drive patterns, Tom Gage, the CEO of AC Propulsion (which produced the drive system for the Mini-E), estimates that most drivers will spend three cents per mile. At $2 per gallon gasoline, that is about 60 percent less than what you would pay for fuel in a regular Mini Cooper. At $4 per gallon gasoline, you spend about 85 percent less.

450 lucky people in Los Angeles and the New York and New Jersey area will be chosen to lease the Mini-E for one year . Drivers will be selected from among the 1,800 applications received by the company. Winners will be announced in March. While the leasing price may seem a tad costly ($850/month) , this has not deterred many enthusiastic potential drivers from the opportunity to take the hottest new green car of the year for a spin.

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  3. botha
    July 3, 2010, 3:54 am
  4. John
    June 28, 2010, 2:53 am

    This is certainly mind blowing. It is absolutely silent and handles beautifully as per the guide.
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  5. Linda
    June 21, 2010, 2:56 am

    I wish I could be the lucky pioneer. The features are extra-ordinarily cool. Good Job!!
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  6. Cassey
    May 19, 2010, 3:18 am

    Fantastic invention!! And a better way to create ‘go green’ awareness among people. I wish it shouldn’t stop with this. And this lucky piece should be brought more intothe manufacturing sector. If the power consumption could be reduced a little less, people would be benefited more, chicago movers are using Mini Cooper.

  7. teppy
    February 18, 2010, 1:15 am

    interesting car. but i was thinking what if automakers put a smaller wind turbine and winch under the hood that it can generate electricity to the battery? it can make better mileage than charging all the time.

  8. NMarino
    December 1, 2009, 11:02 am

    I am one of those lucky 450 pioneers driving the Mini E, and I can tell you, it is a blast! Contrary to gas-powered vehicles, the more traffic you sit in, the less energy it uses up, thanks to the regenerative braking. It is absolutely silent and handles beautifully; I will be heartbroken to turn it in at the end of the lease period in June.

  9. Tim
    April 13, 2009, 6:07 pm

    150 miles on the new Cooper is a definite improvement.
    Now that cars are moving away from oil, it’s time to get more houses going green too. It’s now possible one’s home off the power grid entirely. I think the more this becomes known, the more common it will become. I’m currently in an apartment because my wife works close by where we live, but once we move out west in a couple years, it’s my plan to have the house producing it’s own energy.
    Wouldn’t it be cool to get more than half the homes out there doing that? Eventually it would reach a “tipping” point where others sucking energy from power companies would feel like they are losing out- and losing energy money. And they would be. gethomemadeenergy.org

  10. green
    March 26, 2009, 11:00 am

    Articles such as these provide a heightened awareness to be green. The selling points of this car, “It consumes no gas, releases zero-emissions from its tailpipe, and has lots of high torque for a zippy pick-up on the road.” sound great to the typical consumer and help spread the green word. A great site that also raises green awareness is the Green Forum, greenforum.com

  11. Officialiwant Green Search engine
    March 20, 2009, 6:38 pm

    Lets say the americans travel less than 40 miles in a day but the time they spend on traffic jams would sure eat up the 240V battery in a jiffy.