10 MINI Es will go to the city as part of a feasibility study by BMW Group. The automaker is conducting a one-year study of how the MINI E operates in real-world conditions. Vehicles will also go to other cities and private customers as part of the study.

The city of New York will be receiving 10 MINI E electric vehicles as part of a feasibility study the automaker is conducting with its new zero-emissions car.

BMW Group will be putting 500 MINI Es on the streets of various locations to study how well the vehicle performs in real-world conditions. Electric MINIs will also be put to the task in London, Berlin, Los Angeles and New Jersey.

New York City will be using the 10 MINI Es for its SCOUT division for a year. SCOUT, the Street Condition Observation Unit, is a group of inspectors who travel the city in search of potholes to fix and graffiti to remove.

This is the first phase of BMW's Project-i, a program that will research and develop transportation strategies for large, metropolitan areas.

The MINI E, based on the MINI Cooper, has a range of about 150 miles (240 km) on a single charged. Its 150 kilowatt electric motor produces about 201 hp which can take the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 95 mph or 150 km/h.

As part of the one-year feasibility study, another 450 MINI Es have also been made available for lease by private customers. Those interested have to apply through the MINIUSA website. The automaker claims it has received about twice as many application as it has cars.