October 03, 2006
On this day:

A Mini that's faster than an Aston Martin

PML took a standard BMW Mini One, discarded the engine, the disc brakes, the wheels, and the gearbox. Added four electric wheels, a lithium polymer battery, a large “super capacitor”, a very small IC engine with generator (so small it fits alongside the spare wheel!), an energy management system and a modernistic in-car display module. Gave the vehicle 3 modes of operation, Eco mode for in town/city frequent start-stop operation, Normal mode for daily commuting and equivalent ICE car operation and Sport Mode for all the bells and whistles you would expect from a super car. Made each mode driver selectable, on the fly, through the nifty in-car display, and the result; The Mini QED Electric Hybrid.


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