BMW – Mini to Produce Electric Cars in California

It looks like consumers in California will soon be seeing electric Mini’s on the street. The Mini’s are made in Oxford, England. These examples will be partially assembled alongside the normal cars, minus the engine, gearbox and fuel tank. Then they’ll go over to parent company BMW’s facility in Munich, Germany, to be fitted with all the necessary electric drivetrain components and batteries before heading west.

BMW sources told Automotive News Europe that 490 of the Minis will be leased to selected customers in California and 10 will be used as show cars.

The electric cars will have yellow roofs, and will allow BMW to meet California’s requirement that carmakers start selling zero-emission vehicles.


Too bad that they are not bring the bad-ass PML Mini QED. Those blokes created a Monster electric Mini that features four 160HP electric motors, one on each wheel.  The car has been designed to run for four hours of combined urban/extra urban driving, powered only by a battery and bank of ultra capacitors.  A claimed top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, and a reported range of 932 miles when the ICE hybrid gas motor provides additional charge for the on-board batteries.  In this hybrid mode, fuel economies of up to 80mpg can be achieved.


3 thoughts on “BMW – Mini to Produce Electric Cars in California

  1. Killer

    That is an awesome looking car! I can just imagine what 4 engines cranking out 160HP each could do. 640HP!!!!!

  2. Dragon

    I enjoyed this post and the one about Who Killed the Electric Car. My opinion is that CARB really dropped the ball. They had the opportunity to take a strong stance and force the automakers into building electric vehicles, but they just caved once they felt the pressure. This is one case where the crazy California’s could have made a real difference.

  3. Randolph12

    If BMW can build these prototypes, why can’t they put them into production? I love my Mini, and an electric one would be awesome. Small car with no need for gas, who could ask for anything better?

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