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Surely it can’t be an Electric Mini?!

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posted on Sep, 1 2006 @ 05:41 AM
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Since we dont have an auto forum i believe this should go here? if not maybe a mod will pls move it.


The car, dubbed the Mini QED, has been designed to run for four hours of combined urban/extra urban driving, powered only by a battery and bank of ultra capacitors. For longer journeys at higher speeds, a small conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) is used to re-charge the battery. In this hybrid mode, fuel economies of up to 80mpg can be achieved.



is predicted to have a top speed approaching 150mph and to out-accelerate a Porsche 911 Carrera from 0-60mph. Brake horsepower is a stunning 160bhp per wheel - 640bhp in total.


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although the fuel econemy could surely be a little better (maybe by useing a small turbo diesel engine?) if this car or one similar could be produced at a reasonable cost it would surely be popular and far better enviromentally than what we have at the moment? as well as a big grin to drive


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posted on Sep, 1 2006 @ 05:58 AM
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YES! Finally! A nearly perfect synergy of technologies to serve us for the next decade or so and by then we should finally be ready to transition over to EV or H2(depending on location). The Revolution is on IMHO.

Check out the Tesla Roadster I posted about a while back.

www.abovetopsecret.com...



Competition in this area can only bring good things.

Also, one other thing, it's no secret to people who've been following EV cars that their performance can potentially vastly eclipse combustion. This Mini is an EV/Combustion car, not the other way around. For a small hit in fuel economy, you can add in a flexi-fuel power-plant to give the user of the Mini true freedom in fuel choice.

[edit on 1-9-2006 by sardion2000]

[edit on 1-9-2006 by sardion2000]



posted on Sep, 1 2006 @ 06:00 AM
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competition will certainly help drive forwards and advance the technology quicker hopefully helping to make these types of vehical more affordable in the process



posted on Sep, 1 2006 @ 06:04 AM
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This quote is a bit of a bummer though...



BMW (UK) Ltd has requested that we mention they have no involvement with this project and that such conversions invalidate warranty!



posted on Sep, 1 2006 @ 06:10 AM
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doesn't mean they aren't doing similar things in their own RD labs though? even if they arn't if enough people showed enough interest it would only be a matter of time before they did.




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