Guest Contribution by Doya Karolini
Green cars are usually either ugly or like space shuttles after an accident.
BMW had to answer the question "Why should a hybrid or eco car look ridiculous in order to be ecological?" with a sketch.
And then the company decided to rethink its masterpiece. Once again.
Carbon-free driving (zero carbon emissions!!!) powered by a 100 % electric motor, seamless acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.5 seconds, and a top speed of 152 km/h (95 mph) – that's big news for a small car. For a small car with 50 years of history though...
Equipped with a 572-pound lithium ion battery of unknown capacity, the MINI E reportedly has a range of 150 miles after an 8-hour charge. Its electric heart beats out 204-horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, which should be plenty to make this MINI scoot. Indeed, the run to 60 should take a bit over 8-seconds and the top speed has been limited to 95 miles per hour. The entire car weighs in at a bit over 3,200 pounds and regenerative braking is used to extend the range. Body modifications are minimal, with unique badges and paint separating the E from its gas-powered siblings. On the inside, the gages have been switched up, with a multi-function unit in front of the driver, though the speedometer is still front and center in the middle of the dash.
The MINI E is the future of mobility (and Minis) - and creative use of space at its best! And is here, right on time for the Mini 50year - Anniversary. Fancy driving one?
MINI E Facts
Acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) / 8.5 seconds
Top speed / 152 km/h (95 mph)
CO2 Emission / Zero