18 September 2010
BMW has announced the first interim results from its trial of the Mini-E in Oxford.
The early indications seem a little confusing on two fronts. First, trial participants had all sorts of issues with the cars, but still wanted to buy them. And second, they mostly thought that a public recharging infrastructure would be essential to the widespread uptake of EVs, even though they wouldn't use it themselves.
This adds fuel to the ongoing debate about how important charging infrastructure really is, and underlines the importance of real-world trials like this one, funded by the Technology Strategy Board. We at EEMS Accelerate will be watching the further results with great interest.