Whistler Presents Lithium-Powered Mini Cooper to EmbassySeptember 27, 2004 by Jeff Shepard
Whistler Investments Inc. (Las Vegas, NV), a leader in the development and marketing of lithium-powered products worldwide, and its subsidiaries R-Electric Car Co., Global Electric Corp. and Solium Power Corp., announced that the British Embassy in Mexico City has agreed to a trial of the world's first lithium-powered vehicle. Whistler presented the Mini Cooper to the British Ambassador in Mexico Denise Holt. The Mini Cooper will serve as an Embassy fleet vehicle for one year.
The Mini Cooper, on loan to the British Embassy, is powered by a state-of-the-art powerplant producing zero emissions while providing high performance. Whistler will produce several models of the Mini Cooper as well as the PT cruiser. It is believed these will be highly suitable for government fleet replacement in the US and elsewhere.
The delivered Mini Cooper features a six-speed gearbox allowing speeds up to 90 mph; a range of over 100 miles; a power of 2 kW; battery packs of 56 V, 56 A; a weight of 210 lbs; and a charge time of two to three hours with either 110 V to 120 V or 220 V to 240 V.