My Year with an All-Electric MINI

So maybe I will be driving a MINI E in a couple months…

Posted in Uncategorized by Timothy Gill on February 28, 2009


A few weeks ago I got a call from the local Mini dealer to tell me that I had been accepted for the Field Trial of the Mini E, an all-electric version of the Mini Cooper hardtop.  I had nearly forgotten I had applied.   And I was surprised since it seems like it’s been 3-4 months since the application deadline—I was assuming I simply had not been chosen. 

The default photo from MINI-USA

And this acceptance has thrown a wrinkle into my current car search activities.  I have been looking the last couple months to get a new car, since my 1993 Toyota Corolla station wagon, which has been a decent, practical, and reliable car for me all these years—with good 24-33 mpg mileage—is starting to have more and more irritating problems, and it is just not very comfortable for the 90-mile round-trip commute I have been making on a new consulting job the past few months.  I had saved for years for a new car and let the savings grow, and now I want a new car to make my commute more tolerable as well as something with very good mileage.   And a little fun would be nice, and this car might just be fun.

So I have decided to blog about my experience with this field trial.  If I actually end up with the car (who knows what roadblocks will occur?), then this blog may last the year that I will have the car.  If I don’t end up with the car, well, this will be a short-lived blog…  This is my first blog, so I will also be learning about blogging as I do this.