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Electric MINI revealed -- The Mini E

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by stopcrazypp, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. JRP3

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    As has been mentioned before the ultimate battery placement will be under the entire floor. This will give a lower center of gravity, good front to back ratio, and most usable room. The Mini is just a test bed, far from an ideal conversion, and isn't trying to be a high performance vehicle.
     
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    Ahhh! Doug, can you edit your super-wide image up there in post 50? Scrolling to find the links is a bugger.
     
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    First Drive: Mini E Electric Vehicle Is Far From Ready For Primetime - Green Car Reports

    heh...

     
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    CNBC Mini-mizes its journalism skills… « evchels

    Video - CNBC.com
     
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    Someone should tell Kneale that his employer plans to invest hundreds of millions in EV tech...
     
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    #87 stopcrazypp, Jun 2, 2009
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    Most of the complaints in the green car report piece is on the regen and acceleration, though they checked back and said that it's because the car is behind in the software updates.

    On the video, I believe it was also CNBC that did a snarky piece on the Volt.
     
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    1,000 Miles in an Electric Mini: So Far, So Good | Autopia | Wired.com

     
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    Word is that BMW has messed up this program seven ways to Sunday.
     
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    Word on the street is that BMW has messed up this program seven ways till Sunday.
     
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    Is it on the street or just in general?
     
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    Either way, they did it twice! Both times till Sunday.
     
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    Bugs with the lease models:

    Tales of woe from the electric car frontier, MINI E edition — Autoblog Green

     
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    Lot's of problems with the car.Even more with the program.

    Could hurt EVs but since BMW is not working in a vacuum, they will probably end up looking bad themselves.
     
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    #99 JRP3, Aug 6, 2009
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    Jack Rickard, who previously did a very nice Porsche conversion, is documenting his Mini Clubman conversion which will probably end up being nicer than the BMW version.

     
  18. EV-Nation.org

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    I am actually one of the car testers. I have some definite reasons why I think it was a good idea to join the program. You can read all about it on my blog EV Nation Articles if you like.

    I also think that there have been some problems with the program and the rollout in particular. However, I have personally spoken with more that 100 of the program participants (out of 450 or so) and out of that only know of 2 who aren't happy with the car and the program overall. Both of the issues revolve around the price which I don't really understand since that was pretty clear from day one. You either did the math and decided it was worth it for you or didn't. But I digress. Again read more about the politics as I have started to learn it on my blog.

    There are minor issues with the car also but mainly it was unexpected problems with the rollout of the charging systems that were the biggest issue. I think personally, Mini dealt with it in the right way by eating the cost of the cars while those issues were settled.

    If you want to see how people actually feel about the cars, instead of just reading a few repeated articles on websites that seem to have some political agendas, check out all the blogs from the people actually driving the cars. There are dozens of them. And they really like them.

    I think almost all are like me. They are loving the experience and will be EV buyers when the program is over. Which I think will be great for companies like Tesla. If BMW doesn't have a production EV by then, they may miss out.

    /Rant off
     

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