2nd Gen E MINI to Supply MINI-E's to 2012 Summer Olympics

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  1. Nathan

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    Athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics may find themselves buzzing around London in an electric Mini.

    "We are delighted to have announced recently that BMW Group will become a Tier 1 partner for the 2012 London Olympics," explained Tim Abbott, managing director of BMW Group (U. K.), this week.

    "We will supply around 4,000 vehicles for the use of athletes, officials and media both for the Olympics and the Paralympics. The vehicles will include low-emission EfficientDynamics cars, bicycles and motorcycles. Our latest zero-emissions cars will be showcased too."

    The BMW Group, owner of Mini, has been involved in alternative-energy research for many years and built several electric research vehicles, based on the BMW 2002, as far back as 1972. These cars participated in the 1972 Munich Olympics by supporting the runners in the marathon.

    The manufacturer handed over 40 Mini E cars to drivers this past week, who are charged with using them in their daily comings and goings for the next six months.

    To cover the research and investment costs of the project a Mini E would normally cost in the region of $1,000 a month to lease, however part funding from the Government's Technology Strategy Board has cut the cost to the Mini E pioneers in half.

    A full charge at home will cost them less than $3 on today's exchange rates for an off-peak overnight fill-up (the U.K. has power tariffs that vary depending on the hour of usage). AsMini says the car's range before a recharge is necessary should be around 240 kilometres that means users will pay around 1.25 cents per kilometre in fuel costs. In a country where gas costs more than $2 a litre, that is a sweet deal.

    As soon as the driver lifts his or her foot off the accelerator pedal, the electric motor acts as a generator. This results in braking force and the power recovered from the kinetic energy is fed back to the battery.

    In city traffic, some 75 per cent of all deceleration can be done without the brakes.

    Using this energy regeneration feature extends the car's range by up to 20 per cent and should make for a smoother driving experience.
     
  2. Rixter

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    This is in stark contrast to the GM Tahoe's and Suburban's that are flooding Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Wow talk about how to showcase how fuel inefficient GM is!
     
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    the real deal

    will be when the 4000 cars are not needed after the olympics are over and they go to the CPO program or other outlets.

    Matt
     
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    CPO Program? What's that?
     
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    these are lease return vehicles and the like sold by BMW with nice warranties and relativly high prices, for used vehicles. But with this big flood of cars after the event, there will surely be some deals to be had.

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    But in Europe, you really think those cars will be coming to the states? or Canada.
     
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    They wont be crossing the pond if they're right hand drive :lol:
     
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    This remended me of something. Our rural USPS mail delivery person saw my Mini and asked if they could be ordered in right hand drive for shipment to the US. I said I didn't know, so can they?

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    As i understand it when the Postal Service requests vehicles they are often RHD. I know Jeep made the Cherokee available for some time. The best thing to do would be to contact MINI USA and discuss the carriers needs. Who knows, they may bring one over.
     

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