Electric cars get real
Tom Ford loves petrol. So we sent him away with the, er, all-electric versions of the Mini, Smart and Mitsubishi i. He came back charged
Posted: 07 Dec 2010
It's the Mini E though, that seems to make the most immediate sense to the normal driver. Granted, the back seats are full of battery in these early prototypes, but from behind the wheel, you can barely tell the difference between this and a normal Mini Cooper. Except it feels very heavy, scrabbles for grip in the wet and is appreciably quicker. Really. The Mini E manages a spectacular output of 150Kw - nearly 200bhp - which means it's relatively very quick indeed. It'll hit 62mph in 8.5 seconds thanks to 162lb ft of torque, and do so with almost alarming grunt. Adding 260kg of battery (5,088 Lith-ion cells to be precise), blunts it somewhat, but Mini reckons that if it ever did a proper production model, a fair bit of proper packaging and general fettling could retrieve the back seats and even make the car handle more like the Mini proper.