The stylish MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 provides a spirited ride while relying purely on electricity for about 18 miles and at speeds up to 78 miles per hour. The all-wheel-drive car is not only zero-emissions for local driving, but it’s fun to pilot. Its 224-horsepower powertrain delivers zero-to-60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds. If you’re looking for more electric range, the MINI lineup will be joined by a 150-mile all-electric Cooper SE in early 2020.

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Mini announced in July 2019 that it will introduce the all-electric Cooper in the United States in 2020. The MINI Cooper SE will use a 32.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack to provide about 130 miles on a single charge. (The official announcement states as much as 167 miles in Europe’s lenient test cycles.) While the range is below the new 200-mile standard, the style and performance of an electric MINI should attract drivers wanting a sporty all-electric ride.

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The Mini E is BMW's small electric car model that was produced begingin in June, 2009. The Mini E uses experimental , latest-generation lithium-ion technology.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 20, 2009

Germany Spurs Its Automakers to Produce Electric Cars

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition parties pledged this week to spend more than $700 million by 2011 on developing electric vehicles, as it tries to put 1 million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020. The preliminary plan, still short on details, is already meeting resistance for not going far enough.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 29, 2009

Confusion Over MPG Ratings for Electric Cars


What will fuel-economy numbers look like on the window stickers of electric vehicles coming to the US market next year? Trying to find the answer could short-circuit your brain.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 23, 2009

Mini Electric Car Drivers: BMW “Botched” Program


As we reported last month, BMW has encountered several problems with its program to evaluate the all-electric Mini E with real-world drivers. The program continues to stumble, as drivers and activists accuse BMW of establishing the program merely to meet regulations, while delivering a sub-standard product. Meanwhile, BMW is planning to deliver the City—its first production electric car—in 2011.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 18, 2009

Mini-E Charging Surprise

The plan to lease the Mini E—an all-electric version of the Mini Cooper—has hit a snag. The market test of about 500 Mini E cars in New York, New Jersey and California was to include a special 220-volt charging unit so leasees could recharge their cars in 3.5 hours. But the installation of the charging box has to be approved by each local municipality.

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