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By Brad Berman ·
November 21, 2016

MINI Will Introduce Plug-in Countryman in 2017, and EV in 2019

BMW this month announced that it will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the MINI Countryman in 2017—followed by a pure all-electric versionin 2019. These new plug-in models will come in addition to BMW's growing list of plug-in offerings.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
August 06, 2013

Overview: Plug-in Car Roadmap for German Carmakers

The BMW i3 was unveiled last week, and the Volkswagen e-up! will get its first auto show next month. So, what's next? Here's an overview of German manufacturers' EV projects, brand by brand.

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By Michael Coates ·
September 27, 2012

Here Comes the Electric Autobahn

During the past few months, I've had the chance to drive representative models from each of the German "Big Three." They represent slightly different approaches to the EV market but all are either already in the market or will be soon.

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By Eric Loveday ·
January 20, 2012

2012 London Olympics to Go Green with BMW Electric Cars

German automaker BMW revealed that at least 200 of the VIP vehicles headed to London for the 2012 Olympic games will be of the electric-only variety. According to BMW, the key focus is to make London's Olympic Games the "greenest ever."

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By Brad Berman ·
August 30, 2011

New Research Says Electric Car Driving Range is Mostly Psychological

How far does an electric car go on a charge? The answer is determined more by perception than the vehicle’s battery capacity, according to a new study by a team of German researchers. In a paper to be published next month, “Experiencing Range in an Electric Vehicle: Understanding Psychological Barriers,” the team of psychologists from Chemnitz University of Technology reports on a six-month field study with 40 drivers of the MINI E all-electric car. “As far as I know this paper is one of the first that aims at a systematic understanding of the psychology of range experience, including stress-related personality traits, coping skills, and the ability to deal with ambiguous range,” said Thomas Franke, the study’s lead author.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
August 15, 2011

Should Electric Cars Give You the Creep?

I was recently discussing with a friend whether or not EVs should have the automatic transmission “idle creep” like internal combustion engine (ICE ) vehicles do. He wasn’t an experienced EV driver and when he drove my MINI E, he was startled by the fact that it rolls forwards or backwards if you are on a decline/incline—even if the car is in Drive mode. He didn’t like it. That's why I wanted to create a survey to see what our community thinks about these issues. Speak up, folks.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 27, 2011

Dispelling the Myth of the 100-Mile Electric Car

I understand why automakers producing electric cars want to claim 100 miles of driving range on a single charge. Because 100 miles sounds better than 99 miles or 90 miles or any number with two digits. But that doesn’t make it true. Electric car buyers should look past the marketing numbers, and pay attention to the kilowatt-hours of storage in the battery.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 19, 2011

April 20: Live Webcast about BMW Electric Car Plans

Richard Steinberg, BMW’s manager of electric vehicle strategy, and our own Tom Moloughney will be webcasting live from the BMW booth tomorrow at the New York International Auto Show from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. EDT.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
April 05, 2011

Mini E Going Strong After 1,000 Recharges

One of the cool things about being in the Mini E trial lease program is that I can basically do what I want with the car. When the program ends this fall, I just hand back the keys and I’m not liable for anything. That’s allowed me to do things with the car that I wouldn’t necessarily do if I owned it. Yet, we have BMW’s blessings to drive it and charge it as hard as we want without worrying about the consequences. In this way, we all learn about the limits of this electric car.

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By Chelsea Sexton ·
February 05, 2011

1 Million EVs by 2015 Too Modest and Building Credibility

I've been watching the reaction to the "1 million EVs by 2015" goal that President Obama reiterated in the State of the Union. Lots of boldly pessimistic statements about the viability of that goal, most of which miss the real stuff worth talking about.

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