Top Gear’s Richard Hammond spent some time with the MINI E and gave his driving impressions on MINI’s experimental electric vehicle in his article on the Mirror Motoring Blog. He mostly enjoyed the driving dynamics, but isn’t convinced of the need of an electric MINI:
I’m sticking by what I’ve been saying for ages. With the VW Polo Econetic doing more than 60mpg and models on the way that’ll do more than 80mpg, I can’t see the need for electric cars.
However, when the boffins have improved batteries so that you’ll be able to go 250 miles or more I might think again. What the Mini E has shown me is that electric cars don’t have to be boring or slow.