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The MINI E Isn't Quite Ready For Its Close-Up

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2009 MINI E

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Results from field tests of the MINI E have finally come in, and sadly, the EV didn't exactly pass with flying colors. Aside from braking, handling, and other problems that our own John Voelcker discovered during his time behind the wheel, BMW learned that the biggest threat to the MINI E might be range-anxiety -- even with the car's respectable, 100-mile-per-charge capacity. In fact, the most significant hurdles facing the MINI E involve energy infrastructure and implementation of universal charging standards. So no matter how many adjustments are made to the MINI E's powertrain (and there are several tweaks on BMW's to-do list), the car's future ultimately depends on things outside BMW's control. [Wired]

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