by Michael dEstries
Categories: Transport.

james bluntBack in May, singer James Blunt was one of the first to receive a brand new electric Mini Cooper. The EV was created under a partnership with Hybrid Technologies and NASA. Now, it’s been announced that HT is ready to put the conversion process into commercial production — allowing us to drive some of the first all-electric lithium powered cars early next year. From AutoBlogGreen,

“Hybrid Technologies, the company that is converting the Mini Coopers, built in England, to EVs, says the cars will go up to 80 mph (128 Km/H), do 0-60 in a quick six seconds and have a range of 120 miles/190 km per charge. The conversions are now taking place at Hybrid Technologies Mooresville, North Carolina plant.”

Much like anything else with lithium under the hood, these vehicles don’t come cheap. Expect to throw down $60K to impress your friends, save the earth, and silently creep on unsuspecting deer and neighbors. Or just spend $20K and pick up the new 53MPG Mini Cooper D. Either way, you’re beautiful.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.carbontiptoes.co.uk Diane

    It’s beautiful!

    Wow what a cool idea! It’s a great looking cat

  • Apeweek

    EVs are not clueless, just a little different. I drive a used EV conversion that I found on eBay for just $2000. Electricity to drive it costs just 1 cent per mile! My battery pack costs $800 and lasts 20,000 miles.

    Add this up, and I’m driving around for just FIVE CENTS per mile. Compare this to an 18mpg car with gas at $3.60/gallon: 20 cents per mile. Driving my EV conversion is FOUR TIMES cheaper.

    Join me! Drive an impossible car.

    squidoo.com/cheap-electric-car

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  • http://www.winefreebies.co.uk Edina

    Three years on and how many are on the road?

  • Mr. Know-it-All

    It’s like “clueless celebrity disease” or something! Why do the oddball cars and very small time vehicle converter companies get so much fanfare? Do you really think that spending ungodly amounts of money to turn a Mini-Cooper into a battery EV is going to appeal to the masses?

    PLEASE TELL ME YOU DON’T ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT MOVIE “WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?” AS FACT? IT WAS MEANT TO BE ENTERTAINING AND AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALISTS WHO LIVED THROUGH THE BATTERY EV HISTORY IN CALIFORNIA BEGINNING IN THE LATE 90′S, BASICALLY DEBUNKED IT. DON’T BELIEVE ALL OF IT!!!

    Don’t be a lemming, buy the Honda Civic GX instead:
    http://www.civicgx.com