The SMH has an article on the new electric Mini - Mini plans electric vehicle trial for Australia.
The Mini E is a fully electric version of a regular Mini. It can travel around 240 kilometres on a single charge depending on driving style and conditions. It is powered by a 150kW electric motor, charged by a lithium-ion battery. The Mini E can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 152km/h.
``It’s one of the 600 that are currently undergoing trials in California, New York, the UK and Germany. It’s the largest trial of electric cars by any manufacturer in the world right now.
``So, we‘ve been lobbying Munich for some time and they agree that it would be good to get a car to Australia to see how it will work in the harsh Australian terrain.’’