Mini Cooper Introduces the Mini E – All Electric Vehicle

October 24, 2008

Our tag line is "Technology and writing and everything in between".  This is another ‘in between’ article.  But when I first read about the new Mini E, I knew I had to at least acknowledge its existence at the Founders’ Blog.   As if Mini Coopers weren’t already doing their part in creating low-impact, tiny carbon footprints, Mini Cooper introduces the all electric Mini E. That’s right, the Mini E prefers battery juice over Texas tea.

This baby jets the line from 0 – 60 in 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 95 miles per hour. (Ok, maybe Porsche enthusiasts aren’t salivating.)  It is a little sluggish, but after an 8-hour charge a full tank of electricity will fetch you a range of 150 miles.  Cost ($TBA).

What does the Mini E mean for writers?

Well I’m not sure I can spin the benefits as it relates to writers. However, it does mean you can fill up your tank for less than the price of a Grande Vanilla Soy Latte at your local writing pub.  Aside from the pen and pad, it means you’ve already exceeded Obama’s 10-year plan to be completely free of foreign oil.  Most importantly, it could jettison you to "coolest kid on the block" status within moments of occupying your driveway.

The downside?  There’s a limited release of just 500 available via a 1-year lease for SoCal, New Jersey, and New York residents only.  Why? Why! WHY!!! do they have to turn something so perfect into a vulture contest akin to a herd of  squirrels scurrying toward the last nut in the park.

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JackoCC October 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm

“Why? Why! WHY!!! do they have to turn something so perfect into a vulture contest akin to a herd of squirrels scurrying toward the last nut in the park. ”

ROFLMAO!! Don’t you just hate that?


S.R.Logan October 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I think the plug-in hybrids are a better technology because the range and power increases drastically. Isn’t Toyota revamping the Prius in 2009?


Robin November 3, 2008 at 10:38 am

Yes, I have read that Toyota will be releasing a redesign of the Prius. If I recall correctly, at the time of one particular article they (Toyota) were having trouble getting the range needed when the car is in 100% electric mode. I think the goal is 30 miles before it kicks into hybrid mode.


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