Published November 23, 2008 10:29 AM

BMW announces the MINI E electric

BMW, the parent company of MINI, introduced the MINI E electric vehicle at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The MINI E is a pure electric, not a hybrid, and runs on lithium-ion batteries. Best of all, MINI is inviting 500 folks to have the opportunity to drive one on a daily basis.


The bad news is you have to live in either the metropolitan LA or New York areas and you have to cough up $850 big ones each month for the lease, but the price does include insurance and all maintenance. It is a one-year lease and for all of you “Who Killed the Electric Car” conspiracy fans out there, they make you acknowledge up front that you will give the car back at the end of the lease. These are basically a fleet of test cars that will allow BMW to gather real-world data with real commuters.

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