Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Plugging In Beats Filling Up Any Day Of The Week

November 12th was my 17th month anniversary with MINI-E #250. I have driven it almost 45,000 miles and I am approaching my 800th recharge. I keep detailed records of every time I drive the car as well as every time I charge up so I know exactly how many times I have plugged in, and that would be 791 times so far.

My MINI-E & a Tesla charging together
Sounds like a lot of work, right? I often hear people say how they wouldn't want an electric car and one of the reasons is because it's so easy to drive to a gas station and fill up. When you do so, you're generally good for 300 to 400 miles of driving as opposed to only a hundred miles or so for an EV.

The thing is, it's really no work at all to plug in, and only people that have lived with an EV can honestly attest to that. When I arrive home at night, it takes less than ten seconds to walk over to my EVSE, grab the cable and plug in. The car charges while I'm sleeping, it's that easy. When you need gas, you have to drive to a station and wait for them to fill your car up before you can continue on your way. My other car, a Toyota Tacoma can go about 325 miles between fill ups so I would have had to fill up at least 140 times, and most likely would have done so about 150 times.

So what would I prefer to do?  Make 150 trips to the gas station or just pull into my garage like I always do every night anyway and take a few seconds to plug in my electric car? Continue to suck on the oil nipple that we have all been conditioned to believe that we need, or tell OPEC to shove their black gold up their a** and charge my electric car with clean renewable electricity that I make myself with my solar PV array.
Hmmm, let me think about that one for a while.........


  1. Bravo! I can't wait to get my Nissan Leaf this summer. I'll be plugging in with you!

  2. I'll be plugging in for the first time with my new Leaf as well.

  3. Congratulations guys, you won't regret it.

  4. Seventeen months of driving would be about 520 days so the additional 270 charges would be when you charge at work?

  5. I heard that Mini has decided to delay bringing the Mini-e to market, but not heard any specifics. Are any dates known for projected release?

  6. Hi Dan,

    No there is no delay. They never planned on making and selling a MINI-E. This is a test car only and that was always the plan. BMW was very clear of that from the beginning. We are driving these cars to gather information for the 2013 BMW megacity car and other electric BMW's.

    Will there some day be an all electric MINI cooper? Probably, but it will definitely not be a direct descendant of the MINI-E. Which is a car that was designed as an internal combustion engine car. BMW realizes that a true EV should be designed as an EV from the start, not a converted ICE platform.

  7. Great picture. That really should be framed