BMW Delivers Electric Mini Coopers for Mexico City Project
The German automaker BMW delivered 12 models of the electric Mini Cooper , Mini Es, to high profile individuals, such as government officials and researchers in Mexico City. This distribution hopes to gain information from the new drivers on the electric cars’ mobility and power consumption, as well as road conditions in a highly congested like the Mexican capitol.
BMW CEO Gerd Dressler said the company hopes the cars’ temporary owners also rely information on “battery performance, charge times, charges in their driving habits and use of the vehicle in Mexico City”.
The response to real traffic conditions, among other characteristics, by the new prototypes, which are scheduled to be launched in Mexican markets in 2014, will complement already completed studies.
This program is one of a series of Mini E field trials in several populated cities around the world that maintain a high number of automobiles, including Germany and China.
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, a recipient of a Mini E, commented on the direction and steps that the city must take to replace the 4 million autos with internal combustion engines found throughout the city and continue the capitol’s “Green Plan.” He sees the Mini E as a new chance to improve the environment and guarantee a more rational use of natural resources.