2009 240hp MINI E review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 20 October 2008 , 17:10:44 byVeronica

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240hp MINI E

German Group BMW developed a fleet of some 500 all-electric vehicle for the every day traffic. We are talking about the new Mini E, a model that will receive power from an electric motor capable of generating 204 horsepower. This uses a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery that transfers its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox nearly without a sound and entirely free of emissions. The battery technology will have a range of more than 240 km. The possibility of offering the Mini E in Europe as well is currently being considered. The model will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on the 19th of November, 2008. The output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and to reach an electronically limited top speed of 152 km/h. Offering around 500 cars on the road under real daily traffic conditions, will make it possible to gain widely applicable hands-on experience. The Group aims to start series production of all-electric vehicles over the medium term as part of its Number ONE strategy. The space taken up by back-seat passengers in the series model has been reserved for the lithium-ion battery. If it is in use, the battery unit combines high output with ample storage capacity and a small footprint with power ratios that are unrivaled in this field of application, at least so far. The rechargeable battery is made up of 5.088 cells grouped into 48 modules. These are packed into three battery elements that are compactly arranged inside the Mini E. A fully recharge draws a maximum of 28 kW hours of electricity from the grid. Beside the benefit of 0 emissions driving, the model offers significant economic advantages over a vehicle powered by a conventional internal combustion engine.