According to the Autopia, another option for getting an electric MINI is very close to becoming a reality.
>Hybrid Technologies is developing an all-electric Mini Cooper that will be available next year. Frank Ziegler, Hybrid Technologies’ Director of Sales and Distribution told me the car will sell for $59,000. That’s more than $40,000 over the list price of a gasoline Mini, but an average drive would save about $1250 a year on gasoline, based on gas being $3 a gallon. The electric Mini will have a range of 160 miles and requires 5 hours to recharge its batteries.
Like the previous electric MINI we reported on, this will not be a cheap option. And, for that kind of money, I would like to see a little more range, but the 5 hour charge time is great.
[ Electric MINI in 2008 ] Autopia – blog.wired.com