Mini E

Mini E

The police are definitely making their presence felt at the 2010 Essen Motor Show, although it’s not for reasons you might think.

A while ago, we showed you an Essen-bound Fiat 500 that was dressed in Italian police livery by tuning house Blistein. Turns out, the 500 wasn’t the only law enforcement vehicle expected to show up at Europe’s largest aftermarket auto tuning event.

German tuning house, AC Schnitzer , was also in attendance at Essen and they’ve brought with them the German counterpart to the 500 Polizia by Bilstein.

The Aachen-based aftermarket specialists developed their own version of the Mini E Polizei car as part of their ’Tune It! Safe!’ campaign, which is a part of bigger safety campaign sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

Among the notable modifications AC Schnitzer gave the Mini E includes a new racing suspension system that complements the car’s 204 electric 204 horsepower. There’s also a newly-designed bonnet, new front and rear skirts, and a set of 18" alloy wheels on Hankook tires. Keeping to the theme of a police vehicle, AC Schnitzer also gave it a blue paint finish with unique stickers courtesy of Foliatec. AC Schnitzer also added a Hella signaling system, as well as an interior that has been decorated with a pedal set, a foot rest, and handbrake handle made of aluminum.

This German Police MINI E has indeed been dressed up in full ’Polizei’ regalia to show that while MINI may be a brand that’s as eccentric as any automaker in the world, it’s still capable of tapping into it’s serious, law-enforcing side.

Press Release after the jump.

This is the kind of royalty that we’re all down with; not the high-society type that prefers to sit on their yachts in Monaco and enjoy the perks of being a blue blood. Nope, we don’t like those. We envy them, but we don’t like them. Who we do like is His Royal Highness Prince Leopold of Bavaria.

Despite probably having the resources to buy just about any chauffeur on the planet, the Prince is true to his roots as a racer and the type who likes to get his hands dirty. This coming weekend, he’s going to do precisely that when he troops to the Nurburgring to take a MINI E Racer out for a few laps.

Don’t mistake this man for just a royal lot who’s way in over his head. Prince Leopold is a hardcore race car driver that’s got a ton of experience under his belt - or diamond-studded belt in his case. Taking on the Green Hell with a MINI E Racer figures to be just another day in the park for Prince Leopold.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Mini

In an auto industry that is already warming up to the thought of an electric vehicle segment, a number of car brands have taken the lead in developing cars of the EV variety. For its part, the MINI E is both a trend-setter and a standard-bearer of what electric vehicles are capable of, despite the fact that the car has not been planned for road production.

The few people that have taken the MINI E out for leases have all gone back with favorable responses of the electric car, which is all MINI needed to create yet another bodacious video highlighting the MINI E as the industry’s last car standing in a world that has completely spurned gasoline-engined vehicles. We don’t know how accurate the depiction is, but we do have to give credit to MINI for their seemingly endless amount of confidence in their product. After all, we wouldn’t have expected anything less from these guys.

Source: MINI

The results from a study done to gauge customer feedback for the MINI E has been released and as expected, you can score one for MINI and BMW .

The study, which was commissioned by BMW, and conducted by the University of California, Davis, has determined that participants who drove the MINI E have come back with positive feedback on the car after having used it for a period of six months.

On the flip side, the study also showed that while the participants been generally receptive of the new electric car, they’ve also encountered a few problems along the way, namely “range anxiety”, which, if explained, means that the MINI E’s battery run-time isn’t as long as they hoped it be.

Meanwhile, BMW was quick to point out that despite concerns surrounding the MINI E’s battery life, the whole study proved to be a ‘delightful success’, saying in a press release that the results of the study showed that the range of about 100 miles is sufficient for most of the drivers’ daily needs; charging at home provides enough energy for most daily driving; demand for additional charging is centered on the place of work, or where sufficient time is spent during the day; and driving the MINI E is a delightful experience and there is no sacrifice of "real car" values.

Dr. Thomas Turrentine, the leading man in the MINI E study also said that while the participants have reported a few complaints with the MINI E , one of which is the car’s regenerative braking, the overall experience was very positive.

So there you have it. It’s always a tough task to get an overwhelmingly positive response from studies of this nature given the subjectivity of the participants involved but the results from the MINI E study is something that BMW should be happy about overall. There were a few bumps along the way, but overall, a lot of the participants seemed to come out with a positive feedback for the MINI E.

Press Release after the jump

Source: BMW

Since BMW revealed the first info on the Mini E back in October there were 9500 people that signed to get info about the car. But only 500 people will have the chance to actually drive it. The lease price was set by Mini USA at $850 a month.

The Mini E is supposed to be capable of 150 miles on a single charge. The recharge will be done using a special wallbox which will need to be installed in a customers garage. The recharging time is 2 hours and a half.

The MINI E’s electric drive train produces a peak torque of 220 Newton meters, delivering seamless acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 152 km/h (95 mph).

Mini USA announced there will be a fleet of some 500 all-electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. Called MINI E, the new electric vehicle it will be powered by a 204 hp electric motor fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, transferring its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox nearly without a sound and entirely free of emissions.


Specially engineered for automobile use, the battery technology will have a range of more than 240 kilometers, or 150 miles.

The MINI E’s electric drive train produces a peak torque of 220 Newton meters, delivering seamless acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 152 km/h (95 mph).

Press release after the jump.

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