After the Mini E makes its debut here in Los Angeles, 500 of the vehicles will be distributed to customers in California, New York, and New Jersey early next year as part of a pilot project to road-test the car. Select private and corporate customers will lease the cars for one year with the possibility of an extension, during which the Mini Es will be inspected every 3000 miles or six months. Powering the Mini E is a lithium-ion battery containing 5088 cells grouped into 48 modules that can store 35 kW-hrs of electricity and transmit up to 380 volts to the electric motor under maximum acceleration. The 201-hp electric motor is coupled to a single-speed gearbox driving the front wheels with 162 lb-ft of torque. Range is expected to be 150 miles or more.