The MINI E UK Field Trial which has been researching and analysing the use of fully electric MINIs on UK roads since December 2009 has come to an end today. The 40 'pioneers', who are the second set of participants in the trial handed back their MINI Es at an event at MINI Plant Oxford
These 40 'pioneers' are part of MINI E UK Research Consortium, one of eight UK projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board and Department for Transport's £25m Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstrator Programme aimed at accelerating the introduction of viable electric passenger vehicles to the UK.
During the UK trial the MINI E was tested on British roads by a mixture of 80 private, corporate and public sector drivers - all of whom gave valuable feedback to the project consortium and UK Government. Between them they covered over a quarter of a million miles throughout the duration of the trial. These findings will ultimately be used in the engineering and infrastructure support of mass-produced electric vehicles and establish the social and economic issues and aspects of running an electric car.
The 40 MINI Es will remain in the UK and will be used in a small number of commercial partnerships, they will also be used at consumer and corporate events as well as in partnerships with government and industry stakeholders.