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National Plug In Day: An Accidental EV Wrangler

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National Plug In Day: An Accidental EV Wrangler
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Former Plug In America board member Alexandra Paul describes the process of rounding up hundreds of EVs for National Plug In Day's flagship event: history's biggest EV parade.

208 Alexandra Paul and her Chevrolet Volt, July 28, 2011I have a lifelong phobia of organizing get-togethers. I avoid anything more complicated than having my book club over for a potluck.

So what did I say when Zan Dubin Scott, Plug In America's Communications Director, asked me to recruit EVs for National Plug In Day’s Santa Monica parade?

I said yes, of course.

Did I mention she wanted to make it the biggest assembly of plug-in vehicles in the world?

BMW MINI Scooter E

The MINI Scooter E is MINI's first electric scooter concept, with design cues from MINI's all electric MINI E. The MINI Scooter E, like most other electric scooters, doesn't use the standard SAE J1772 connector but rather plugs into a standard wall outlet. The scooter features smartphone integration with features like smartphone ignition and hands-free calling. The MINI Scooter E is powered by Li-Ion batteries connected to an electric motor that drives the rear wheel. At this time, BMW has no plans for production of the MINI Scooter E.

BMW MINI E

The MINI E is an OEM conversion of MINI 2-door hardtop to a 2-seat EV with AC150 drivetrain & battery from AC Propulsion. The MINI E has a 100mi range and top speed of 95 mph. It's 35 kWh Li-ion battery back uses 5000+ laptop style batteries and can be recharged in 2.5 hours from a home charger (240V, 50A), connected by an ODU conductive charging connector. The MINI E is powered by a 150kW electric motor with 220Nm torque and weighs in at 3230 lbs. BMW is conducting limited field trials in US, EU, and Asia.

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BMW will build electric cars in Leipzig

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 BMW will build electric cars in Leipzig
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It's been crystal clear for some months that BMW would be making more EVs after getting nothing but high praise for its little 500 car MINI E experiment. Not so much for the logistical foul ups in their haste to deploy the fleet in time for valuable CARB credits, but for the giggle-inducing speedster they unleashed on the world.

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From MINI to Maxi Miles

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 From MINI to Maxi Miles
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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Moloughney -- MINI E driver and owner of the Montclair, New Jersey restaurant, Nauna's Bella Casa. Like many other fortunate Plug In America supporters, Tom drives an electric vehicle. But unlike any other known EV driver, Tom has driven his BMW-leased MINI E 20,000 freakin' miles in only seven months!

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News from Detroit

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 News from Detroit
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BMW has recognized that they simply teed up GM and Nissan to benefit from the MINI E experience. Today they announced officially that MINI E "pioneers" will be able to extend their leases until 2011.

BMW has recognized that they simply teed up GM and Nissan to benefit from