is bringing 500 electric MINIs to California, according to a report in Automotive News. BMW has confirmed nothing at this point, but the purported plan calls for 490 of the vehicles to be leased to "selected" consumers, with the other 10 being reserved as show cars. The article goes on to explain that the cars will be built as usual in Oxford, U.K., but without engines, transmissions or fuel tanks. The half-baked hatchbacks
-- all of them silver with yellow roofs -- will then be shipped to Munich, Germany, where they'll be brought to life with electric powertrains. No car combines fun and frugality quite like the MINI Cooper, and we look forward to finding out how that balance holds up under electric power.