Ford isn’t the only automaker involved in a new EV test program being funded by the Technology Strategy Board in the UK. BMW will also be a part of the year-long, £25 million field test with its MINI E. Scottish and Southern Energy will be testing the cars along with the Focus EVs we reported on previously. Also participating in the evaluation will be Oxford Brookes University’s Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre, the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), the Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council. Oxford, of course, is home to the MINI factory along with some old university.
The utility company will install public and private charging stations around the Oxford area for use by the drivers of the cars and monitoring usage data. The MINI E is powered by a 35 kWh lithium ion battery pack and electric motor. 450 MINI Es are currently being distributed to lessees here in the United States as part of an even larger public field test.
Gallery: Quick Drive: MINI E
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