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As our partner site GreenCarReports.com reported earlier this week, BMW in conjunction with the University of California-Davis conducted a study of 57 MINI E drivers who leased the electric vehicle. As mention above, these are early results, but so far the feedback is pretty positive. The conclusions from the study include confirmation that the 100 mile range is enough for most daily use, home charging is more important than public charging stations, it works more or less like a real car and is fun to drive.
Case closed. Okay, so that was only the positive feedback, but even that is a big win for MINI and electric cars in general. There are some challenges that still have to be addressed however. Users said in the survey that the repair and service access and completion times could be frustrating and drivers in cold weather climates are experiencing a fairly severe reduction in mileage. Of course, there is also the complaint of a lack of cargo space, but you are driving a MINI afterall.
Bottom line—the MINI E is proving to 450 consumers that an electric car can be viable and fun to drive. I can tell you that it suites my 20-something tastes much better than the 2010 Toyota Prius.