kimball07
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Mini Rocketman Pure Electric Car Could Be Production-Bound

Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:34 pm

The Mini Rocketman city car concept was revealed way back in 2011.

The tiny car never got the production nod, but now it seems it may.

Mini product chief Ralph Mahler discussed the Rocketman with Autocar and, in doing so, revealed that the Rocketman would likely be a pure electric car if it gets the production green light.

As Autocar explains:

“The Rocketman concept was first revealed in 2011 as a tiny 3.2-metre-long ‘mini Mini’.”

“Bosses at the time talked up its production chances, but the lack of an available platform and the challenge of engineering such a compact model meant it was never built.”

“However, Mahler hinted that the rise of electric technology meant the Rocketman could make production as an electric only model, because it was easier on a car with a small footprint to package electric components than conventional ones.”
Quoting Mahler:

“The Rocketman is inspiring us as of today, especially as an EV in the future.”

“It was something that was ahead of its time but is still inspiring. With a smaller car, it’s a bigger challenge. With Rocketman, and talking EV in the future, as the EV engine gets more portable, it’s give and take [as to whether it is possible to make such a small car].”

It’s believed that Mini would make use of the technology found in the BMW i3, though Mini has not yet confirmed any production plans for the Rocketman.

http://insideevs.com/mini-rocketman-pur ... ion-bound/

voltage
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Re: Mini Rocketman Pure Electric Car Could Be Production-Bound

Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:29 am

The Smart Car the Renault Twizy and this one are great concept vehicles for people living right in the city core sometimes you just need a vehicle to get around in in those horrible winter months where you don't want to walk to the bus stop and get soaked or freeze A tiny compact vehicle for City Driving seems to be a good alternative

laev
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Re: Mini Rocketman Pure Electric Car Could Be Production-Bound

Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:31 pm

Might be a good idea for all those communities that use the electric golf carts if you lived in a rather large one or one that was a little bit out of the way from shopping etc this would be a good alternative

kimball07
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Re: Mini Rocketman Pure Electric Car Could Be Production-Bound

Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:55 pm

voltage wrote:The Smart Car the Renault Twizy and this one are great concept vehicles for people living right in the city core sometimes you just need a vehicle to get around in in those horrible winter months where you don't want to walk to the bus stop and get soaked or freeze A tiny compact vehicle for City Driving seems to be a good alternative

I agree. Plus a smaller car is better for the environment too.

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