Mini EV — Silent but Deadly

Not the first EV, not the last, but one of the smallest so far.  UK’s Mini enters the fray with the Mini E (http://www.minispace.com/en_us/).  Cute.  Hiding behind this is, of course, Bavarian Motor Works (BMW), but the Mini has an audience all its own.    With a top speed of 95mph, the Mini E uses regenerative braking to recharge its Li-ion batteries.  Too bad it is just a prototype at this point; otherwise every college kid in the US would want one.   The BBC article covers the new Mini E carefully. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7760787.stm

Micro-hybrid solutions are powering Minis as well as other BMW products

Micro-hybrid solutions are powering Minis as well as other BMW products

Hybrids are being made today by a variety of car companies, most notably Toyota, with its Prius, but EVs are less common.  Maybe Mini is onto something here. 

The Li-ion battery is not the only choice.  Other EVs in the future will use alternative batteries such as Nickel Metal Hydride, and Advanced Lead-Acid or PbC batteries (see http://www.axionpower.com)

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