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Mini E trial seeks participants near Oxford

Mini E
Mini E offers a range of 150 miles per two-hour charge

BMW has started taking applications from drivers in the Oxford area who want to take part in a second trial of its prototype electric Mini.

It wants 40 people to try out the new Mini E, that was built in Oxford, in a six month trial. Participants will have to pay £330 per month.

The car has a top speed of 95 mph (152km/h) and is powered by lithium-ion batteries and has no carbon emissions.

Applications have to be made via the Mini website by 14 May.

The first trial is due to end in June with the second trial intended to begin in September.

A total of 600 cars are being tested in the US, Germany and the UK.

The car offers a range of 150 miles per two-hour charge.

Oxford Brookes University will study the progress of the drivers and the government is partly funding the trial.

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