EDF, the leading electricity producer in Europe, has added 35 Mini Es to its UK fleet for use by customers and employees of EDF Energy, a UK subsidiary of EDF Group. The leasing deal links two London 2012 Olympic Games sustainability partners together as Mini’s parent company is the BMW Group. During the Games time, 30 of the Mini Es from the EDF fleet will become part of the BMW Group London 2012 official vehicle fleet. EDF Energy hopes the fleet will serve to further develop the electric vehicles market in the UK. Forecasts, say the company, suggest that there will be 660,000 plug-in vehicles in the UK by 2020 and with electric vehicles having the potential to offer up to a 40% carbon dioxide emissions saving compared with a typical family petrol car in the UK. Gareth Wynn, director of EDF’s 2012 Programme, said: ‘Electric cars are already a lower carbon choice, but as we progress with decarbonising electricity production in the UK over the coming years the environmental case will get stronger and stronger. ‘I hope that seeing and experiencing this iconic fully-electric vehicle will prompt people to think about how they can reduce the carbon footprint of their travel. This would be a great part of the legacy of sustainability from London 2012.’ During everyday usage, the Mini E can travel around 100 miles on a single charge, depending on driving style and conditions, and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 8.5 seconds.