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Electric results from MINI
The first results of MINI's electric car trial are in after more than 250,000 miles of testing on UK roads.
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MINI's real-world trial of its E electric car has generated the first full set of results, which reveal that the average journey in the cars was 29.7 miles. After two six-month trials, MINI's research also shows the average cost of running the cars was less than 2p per mile and most recharging was carried out at home.

The results will also be used during development of BMW's forthcoming i3 - the firm's first ever all-electric car, which goes on sale in 2013.

Four out five people involved in the trial said they used the MINI E for 80 per cent of their journeys and only the limited rear seat space and small boot held them back from using it even more. One user managed 8,000 miles in six months, while another regularly travelled 88 miles each day.

Suzanne Gray, General Manager of BMW i said: "The feedback from the trial has been invaluable in helping our understanding of how people really respond to electric cars and other factors necessary to support electric car drivers. With this information we will be in a strong position to provide a well-rounded product and service proposition to customers of the BMW i3 and to work with other players in the electric vehicle market to make it a successful experience for a new generation of users."

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