• CarolN Posted: 6/3/2009 4:53am PDT

    Is it really a software problem? I drive a Honda Civic Hybrid and it has the same issues with a lag when flooring it from a stop and being able to feel the regenerative braking as soon as you take your foot off the gas.

  • Mark Eifert Posted: 6/3/2009 5:42am PDT

    The development of the Mini-E was mainly carried out by a company named AC Propulsion, and not by BMW. AC Propulsion prides itself on being a "skunk works" a small development center that is lean and efficient because it works independently of major the OEM's on a contractual basis. Obviously, they worked too independently of their client in this case.
    One has to ask why BMW allowed this to happen. I think that the best answer is that the E-Mini was created primarily as a Green or Electric Icon to put on auto show stands. There is probably no real interest in developing and selling a EV right now.

  • David V Posted: 6/12/2009 9:58am PDT

    Hmmm. You must have driven a different MINI E, because mine drives very nicely. As a MINI Cooper owner (I also have a Clubman S) I can say that it is different, but not bad. Maybe you just need more time in it?
    Here is my blog if you want to read more: http://minie19.wordpress.com/

  • EVO Posted: 6/25/2009 9:54am PDT

    From http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1021075_first-drive-mini-e-electric-vehicle-is-far-from-ready-for-primetime
    "UPDATE: We received the following comment from Tom Gage at AC Propulsion, which offers a possible explanation for the car we drove:
    The vehicle you drove may have been one or two iterations behind in its software. The most current software we have from BMW in our MINI Es reduces the lag. For the record, the responses to accelerator inputs are programmed into the vehicle control computer by BMW. Don't blame AC Propulsion.]"
    How nice to know that you can get a major vehicle performance retuning with just a couple of software updates (could probably be done automatically and remotely in the production version, if desired) using probably just a few lines of code (or even by changing a simgle input number). Just think of the possibilities.

  • Scott Posted: 6/26/2009 2:56pm PDT

    I have a friend that got one of these BMW ev's and she LOVES! Hopefully we will see some of them we can buy and not just least for 12 months.

  • Steven Posted: 6/27/2009 7:03pm PDT

    Correction: The 318ti was not a mistake by BMW.
    More 318ti's were sold than their convertibles and tourings combined.
    The entry level car brought many, many people to the marque.