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Mini goes electric! Spy photos of battery-powered Mini (2012)

By Ben Whitworth

Spy shots

18 September 2008 07:30

These are CAR's first spy pictures of the electric Mini – the miserly mini that will help BMW meet tough new American regulations requiring car makers selling vehicles in California also to offer zero-emission vehicles by 2012.

Our scoop photographer snapped the Mini out testing on the roads around Munich. And it wasn’t difficult for our man to spot the battery-powered Mini; apart from its telling lack of exhaust pipes, those ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ decals slapped all over the car were a bit of a giveaway…

If this is a mule of the electric Mini, when does the real thing arrive?

It’s understood that BMW boss Norbert Reithofer will unveil the battery Mini at the 2008 Los Angeles motor show in November – the perfect location for the car’s public debut.

There’s still no word on the Mini’s electric drive system, but one insider claimed it was significant that BMW was using the front-drive Mini as a testbed for its electric drive system, rather than any rear-drive BMW models.

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