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Photos: All-electric Mini E

BMW/Mini unveiled an all electric version of its Cooper, the Mini E.

Click here to view photos of the Mini E reveal. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

At the 2008 LA Auto Show, Mini unveiled an all electric version of its Mini Cooper. Dubbed the Mini E, this vehicle sacrifices its rear seats to make room for a huge array of lithium ion batteries, giving the tiny EV a range of 156 miles.

Space is about all that the Mini E has sacrificed, as Mini claims that power and handling are on par with the gasoline and diesel variants of the Cooper.

Only 500 examples of the Mini E will be available in the US through a leasing program, focusing on the California, New Jersey, and New York markets.

View the photos of the Mini E unveiling.

See all coverage of the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.