Mini E Drivers Could Initially Face 23 Hour Recharge Times

Tom Ludwick

Of the 450 people lucky enough to lease the all-electric Mini E, as many as 300 of them may be in for some bad news. Due to a glitch in the distribution of the high-voltage charging cable, up to two-thirds of customers will initially have to charge their cars with the standard 110-volt cable, which could take up to 23 hours for a full charge.

According to Mini spokeswoman Nathalie Bauters, many of the high-voltage cables that can recharge car's batteries in only four hours will not be available until sometime in July. Currently the cables are certified by a European safety agency, but the holdup is the U.S. certification, which must be performed Underwriters Laboratories (UL). As a result, customers with longer commutes may only be able to drive their cars every other day.

Mini has acknowledged the holdup and will not charge customers the $850-a-month lease fee until the high-speed cables are installed at their homes. Of the 450 cars that are headed to customers in Los Angeles, New York and New Jersey, only 23 have been delivered so far. Mini plans to deliver the rest of the cars by the end of this month.

Source: USA Today

Pay attention to this, it's what we will see with the Chevrolet Volt. Ya, let's plug our cars into our houses and wait 23 hours for a charge?! Does this mean we need two plug-in cars to switch off to drive to work? What will that cost, $80,000? Nonsense. I'll stick to my four-cylinder GAS engine thanks.

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