MINI E trial: more data and feedback released

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

More data has been released from the BMW Group’s MINI E trial, said to be the largest publicly-available study of electric car users yet conducted. Test fleets have been deployed in the US, Germany, France, Japan and China, and a study carried out in partnership with the University of California, Davis, and including more than 120 households in California, New York and New Jersey running the all-electric MINI E between June 2009 and June 2010 has been a comprehensive piece of research into how the Americans use their EVs and their experiences. Headline figures include:

  • 100% of respondents said that electric vehicles are fun to drive, and practical for daily use
  • The MINI E met 90% of their daily driving needs
  • 71%  drove fewer than 40 miles a day, and 95% drove fewer than 80
  • 99% said home charging was easy (most charged overnight at home)
  • 71% said they are now more likely to purchase an EV than they were a year ago; only 9% said they are less likely
  • 88%  said they are interested in buying an EV or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the next five years
  • However, most thought that the electricity used should be from renewable sources, i.e. solar, wind or hydro power, and were against using coal-fired electricity to charge their cars.

Researchers also noted that drivers were interested in making their driving more efficient, appreciating the regenerative braking function and that some were inspired to make other energy-saving measures in their lifestyle, such as installing solar panels on their houses.

Ulrich Kranz, head of BMW’s i-mobility project, said: “The results of the UC Davis study have a direct impact on the development of all BMW Group electric vehicles to come. BMW Group now is developing the next generation of full electric cars, with the BMW ActiveE test fleet coming into the market in 2011, and the series-production BMW i3 following in 2013.”

The full findings of the UC Davis study can be read at its Institute of Transportation Studies site.


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