The all-electric MINI E announced |

Wow, this really is something unexpected. I mean, in the last coupe of weeks we’ve seen several spy shots of an electric MINI, but we weren’t really expecting something like this. It looks like MINI is in the final development stages of an all-electric car, called MINI E. As part of a pilot project, 500 all-electric MINI E’s will be made available to select private and corporate customers from California, New York and New Jersey.

The MINI E is powered by electric motor that delivers 200 hp (150 kW) and 220 Nm of torque, transferring its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox. Performance figures are pretyt impressive, the car going from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 152 km/h (95 mph). The engine is powered by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, made up of 5,088 cells grouped into 48 modules. The battery takes two and a half hours for a full recharge and offers a driving range of 240 km (150 miles). The only downside is that the back seats are out, to make room for the large battery, so the car is offered as a two-seater vehicle.

The 500 MINI E’s will be built at the Oxford and Munich plants through the end of 2008 and during the entire testing period, qualified personnel will perform maintenance and repair work on the MINI E’s electrical components. The car will debut at this year’s LA Auto Show, in November.

Read more in the official press release and check out more photos after the jump.

Photo Gallery: All-electric MINI E

Source: MINI

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