BMW to Zap Calif. With 500 Electric Minis

Test will comply with state law requiring automakers to offer no-emission vehicles
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 4:26 PM CDT
Britain's Competitiveness Minister Stephen Timms speaks for the launch of the new Mini Clubman at the BMW plant in Oxford.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – BMW will roll out an electric model of its iconic Mini in California, which has mandated that automakers in the state must offer no-emission alternatives, reports Automotive News. The cars will be mostly assembled in BMW's England plant, but sent to Munich for electric powertrains. The initial 500 electric Minis will be leased and are the brain child of BMW's new division, Project i, which is developing low-emission city cars.