Check out the new E-Mini, loaded with 204 horsepower from its lithium batteries. The new electric Mini will be available for demo to selected dealers and clients early next year. I might seriously consider getting one of these myself one day, parking in San Francisco is almost near impossible but Mini makes it pretty easy.
Check out these specs:
The front wheels of the MINI E receive torque through a single speed gearbox from a 204 hp, 162 lb-ft electric motor. Those numbers are rather unusual for an electric drive system which usually has much more torque. Nonetheless, the MINI E can hustle to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds and, according to BMW, can cover about 150 miles on a full charge of its lithium ion battery pack.
and they will be available here:
BMW will be leasing the 500 cars to commercial and private customers in California, New York and New Jersey starting early next year.