MINI E drives for London Olympics

MINI COOPER’s electric cousin is set to pick up a medal for its efforts in the Olympics next year – but it won’t be gold, it will be green. Thirty […]

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By Vicky Ellis

MINI COOPER’s electric cousin is set to pick up a medal for its efforts in the Olympics next year – but it won’t be gold, it will be green. Thirty MINI E electric cars will join BMW’s official Games fleet for 2012.

The MINI Es could produce 40% less CO2 than a typical petrol car, according to EDF Energy, which has sponsored the cars as part of its role as Sustainability Partner of the Olympics.

Gareth Wynn, Director of EDF’s 2012 Programme announced the news at the London Eye today with Olympic Gold Medallist kayaker Tim Brabants and MINI UK Director Jochen Goller.

Mr Wynn said: “Electric cars are already a lower carbon choice, but as we progress with decarbonising electricity production in the UK over the coming years the environmental case will get stronger and stronger.

“I hope that seeing and experiencing this iconic fully-electric vehicle will prompt people to think about how they can reduce the carbon footprint of their travel. This would be a great part of the legacy of sustainability from London 2012.”

The nuclear and gas power company is also the Official Energy Utilities Partner, and contributes a sixth of the UK’s energy supply.

Look out for our ELNTV story on the role of MINI E in the Olympics