Well not quite. The first were actually used for the tunnel chase on the new Italian Job. That said this looks to be the first road-worthy electric MINI available. Here are the details:
Whistler Investments has successfully provided the British Embassy in Mexico City with the World’s first lithium-powered Embassy vehicle.
The British Embassy Mini Cooper is powered by a state-of-the-art power plant producing zero emissions whilst providing high performance. This model is of particular interest to international governments as it is a prime example of sustainable zero emission transportation. Whistler Investments will produce several models of the Mini Cooper as well as the PT Cruiser for government fleet replacement.
[ British Embassy Mini Cooper ] Hybrid Technologies
The delivered Mini Cooper produces the following performance statistics:
Speed: Up to 90 mph
Range: Over 100 miles – adding more battery packs will more
than double the range Power: 2 kilowatts
Battery Packs: 56 volts, 56 amps
Battery Weight: 210 lbs
Charge Time: 1-8 hours with either a 110-120 or 220-240V; 220-240 V gives a faster charge
Battery Charge Lifespan: Over 1000X
The electric MINI will be featured on the WB11 morning show Friday April 22nd. (check your local listing)