Twenty Mini E electric cars will take to British roads from December - with interested drivers being asked to apply for the opportunity to drive them.
Applicants must live in south-east England, have a private car parking space and pay the electricity costs plus a monthly lease charge of £330, which includes VAT, insurance and maintenance. A full charge is expected to cost between £1.50 and £4.
This lease cost is subsidised down from £550 a month by a government-backed Technology Strategy Board.
The first 20 drivers will run the cars from this December, and a second round of applications will be taken in 2010 for a further 20 drivers.
Applications run until the end of December, and full details of the scheme and which postcode areas are eligible can be found at www.electricmini.co.uk.