Electric cars from South Africa and Germany

October 21, 2008

in green, news

has to spur from big and small companies alike (and governments and individuals too of course). Wired’s Autopia reports that a South African company, Optimal Energy, is working on an all electric car.

On the 15th anniversary of Nelson Mandela receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, South Africa is gaining attention for another world-friendly achievement. This time, it’s an electric car from Cape Town-based Optimal Energy that’s grabbing headlines.

The Joule has been the darling of the Paris Auto Show, and it’s easy to see why. The six-passenger car has a purported range of 250 miles, a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, and an out-of-nowhere backstory worthy of a Greg Gumble voiceover. Edmunds Inside Line reports that cost estimates are between $22,000 and $28,000 with an all-too-familiar release date of “somewhere in 2010.” Production will take place in So

uth Africa and the finished product will consist of about 50 percent local content.

Read the full article here.

and that the German automaker BMW has just unveiled an all-electric Mini.

BMW’s finally pulled the wraps off the 204-horsepower all-electric Mini it is bringing to America and says the car could be here as early as next year, although just 500 people will be lucky enough to get their hands on one.

BMW says it will lease the Mini E two-seater to “select private and corporate customers” in California, New York and New Jersey under what is essentially a big R&D project to develop EVs through its Project i. “Putting some 500 cars on the road under real daily traffic conditions will make it possible to gain widely applicable hands-on experience,” BMW says. “Evaluating these findings will generate valuable know-how, which will be factored into the engineering of mass-produced vehicles.”

Read the full article here.

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