Mini USA looks set to take a world lead in fuel efficiency with its April 1st announcement. It's no April Fools joke, but they gave information on its new magnetic propulsion system that will extend the range of its Mini E to several hundred, possibly even thousands of miles on a single overnight charge of electricity.
Drawing on the same Magnetic Tow Technology (MTT), Mini USA has developed its own unique Propulsion / Repulsion 0401 (PR0401) System that is just one short step away from perpetual motion in an automobile.
It uses a series of magnets situated in the Mini E's moving and fixed parts of each of its four wheel hubs to both pull and push the wheels in the desired direction, exploiting the magnets' natural tendency to attract and repel. Not only does this system allow the Mini to travel extraordinary distances for just a few cents, it produces virtually no noise as the electric motor can be switched off once the car is moving.
Professor Lirpa Loof, Head of Magnetic Attraction Technology at Mini USA had this to say, "The only energy this system uses is a small draw on the battery to start the vehicle moving forward and then the magnets take over and their natural properties do the rest. This has to be the ultimate range extender."
Once moving, only tiny amounts of electric current are required to switch on and off the magnets, as the polarity of the fixed and moving magnets is rapidly switched from positive to negative. The magnets first attract and then quickly repel each other pushing the wheels in the desired direction - either forward or reverse.