Mini E pure electric car revealed

The E stands for electric, as the major difference between this and the standard Mini is the all-electric drivetrain.

Mini E
Mini reveals the limited production Mini E. Mini/BMW

Mini just revealed the Mini E on Friday, scheduled to be revealed at the 2008 LA Auto Show. The E stands for electric, as the major difference between this and the standard Mini is the all-electric drivetrain. The Mini E will be produced in a limited quantity of 500-1000 units and leased to customers in a few major cities.

The Mini E's 204 horsepower electric motor also puts out 162 pound-feet of torque with juice being supplied by advanced lithium ion battery tech. Charge time is expected to be about 8 hours with a range of about 150 miles on a charge. Of course the Mini-E also has standard fare package of energy recapturing technologies, such as regenerative braking.

Electric Plug
In place of a gas filler neck, the Mini E has an electric plug. Mini/BMW

We'll be bringing more info when the Mini E is officially presented at the 2008 LA Auto Show. In the meanwhile, Autocar UK has more photos and info.

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