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>Granted, these cars aren’t for sale. They’re prototype test vehicles, to gauge consumer reaction and give BMW some knowledge about how real drivers actually use electric cars day to day in the real world. BMW is issuing only 500 of them, on one-year leases.

>But one of BMW’s stated goals was to “preserve the Mini experience” in an EV. If the Mini were many hundreds of pounds heavier, suffered a distinct rear weight bias, rear-wheel-drive, and had the deceleration braking of a semi with the Jake Brake on … yeah, maybe.

It would seem that the braking system and acceleration characteristics of this MINI are the biggest challenges according to the story. It would also appear that the car they drove was a revision or two behind in software updates. You early R50/R53 owners know what that’s like, right?

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