Hybrid Technologies announced that it has begun production of its all-electric version of a BMW MINI powered by lithium-ion batteries.
The electric Mini has a top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h), accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds, and has a range of 120 miles (193 km) on a single charge. A full charge takes 8-10 hours (220-240 VAC). The Li-ion battery pack supports 1,500+ full charges.
The Li-ion Mini uses a 78 kW peak (105 hp) 3-phase, brushless AC motor combined with a 30 kWh battery pack. (Earlier post.)
The Mini Cooper Frame is produced by the Mini Cooper plant in Oxford England, and the conversion to the all-lithium drivetrain currently takes place in North Carolina at Hybrid’s Mooresville plant.
Hybrid Technologies uses lithium-ion polymer batteries supplied by Korea’s EaglePicher Kokam. (Earlier post.) Kokam uses a lithium cobalt oxide cathode.
In 2006, Hybrid Technologies and Kokam announced they were working on the development of an ultra-high performance electric vehicle that could reach more than 1,000 miles on one charge.
The vehicle would have approximately a 300 kWh system based on Kokam’s technology, according to the two companies.