My experiences testing MINI’s new all-electric vehicle around Long Island
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  • It Was Bound To Happen Sometime

    Posted on August 26th, 2009 Stu 3 comments

    I’ve heard about it so it wasn’t a total surprise but it still made me panic. I was stopped at a red light on a slight hill and when I went to go… Oops! All I could do was roll backward. NOPETROL shifted into neutral all by her lonesome. With a truck close on my tail I started working fast.

    First, I hit the Off button. Then I tried to turn the car back on and realized I was still in Drive so I had to start all over again. The line behind me started getting impatient so I put on the four-ways. Then I shifted to Park, restarted and shifted to Drive. As the pissed off truck driver tried to maneuver around me, I finally got out of his way and made my left turn.

    I hope the computer recorded the event and that this problem, which happened many times to other Pioneers, will be fixed with a software update at check-up time.


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    • Welcome to the club Stuart! I’ve had it happen three times now. The first time can be a bit unsettling, but as long as you know what to do, it’s no problem. I spoke to Marian at Mini about it and they are currently working on a fix. I’ve started a blog also and have linked your blog to mine. It’s at:
      Keep up the good work!

    • Hey Stuart!

      I’ve had the same “issue” with my Mini-E #339, too!

      When that happens to me and Mini-E #339, I just fall back to my previously-learned procedures for “hill starting” in a manual transmission car.

      If 339 starts rolling backwards after a stop, I immediately step on the foot brake again (with my left foot, if needed).

      Then, I use my right hand to lift the HAND brake BUT with the button held down with my right thumb.

      With the hand brake AND foot brake engaged, I then lift my foot off the FOOT brake. (The car should still hold on the hill….)

      I then step on the accelerator… until I feel 339′s electric motor just start to build up torque… just as if she just “wants to go”… then slowly lower the hand brake.

      Most times, she’ll move forward — without rolling backwards at all!

      It takes practice. But you can do it. (And it’s a LOT easier to do on a MINI-E, since it doesn’t have a clutch, manual gear shift and the worry of an engine stall out!!!)

      Hope that helps and hope everything else is going well with your Mini-E!

      Happy motoring!


    • I am not alone. It happened to #135.