Test-Driving the Electric Mini

Your smile comes from realizing that driving BMW's quiet, peppy Mini E is not only environmentally friendly. It's also a lot of fun

I was wearing what the BMW engineers call the "EV Smile." It's what happens to people when they first drive an electric-powered vehicle. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is wearing the same slightly woozy grin in photos taken after he test-drove the battery-powered Mini E in the U.S. last year. And I had it after about an hour behind the wheel of the Mini E near BMW (BMWG.DE) headquarters in Munich.

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