BMW concludes electric Mini E trial

BMW said its has successfully completed the year-long trial of its electric car Mini E.

The initiative, launched with government backing, saw nearly 138 drivers try out 40 Mini E cars over a 12-month period. BMW leased the cars to businesses as well as private individuals.

According to the carmaker, 96% of motorists who drove the Mini E during the testing phase were now in favour of purchasing an electric car.

While each trip made on a Mini E averaged 30 miles, they collectively covered more than 250,000 miles over the trial period.

Some of the participants turned out to be extensive users, with one female driver clocking up nearly 8,000 miles during the autumn and winter months.

Users powered up the car mostly in their homes with three charges per week on average, while the motoring cost to each driver worked out to just 2p per mile.

Regular charging of cars did not appear to be a problem for drivers, with nine in 10 saying it actually suited their lifestyle.

Suzanne Gray, general manager of BMW's eco sub-brand 'i' said: "With this information we will be in a strong position to provide a well-rounded product and service proposition to customers of the BMW i3 [due in 2013] and to work with other players in the electric vehicle market to make it a successful experience for a new generation of users."

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