My wife has been looking for this to get a test drive, but I think you would right about where it will first be sold. If the past is any indicator (with other companies), BMW/MINI will first come out in CA and saturate the market with the higher end trims, then move down the chain to other trims, then move to other states that have larger incentives or follow CA standards, before a national rollout. It makes most sense that way. To roll out the EV version, dealers have to invest in equipment, training and allocate capital. Hence, they are going to go where the sales is likely to be the highest or where the company needs to comply with emission standards. I live in Arizona and for example I cannot get the Hyundai EV or VW EVs. A dealer that I talked to told me that much, that his dealership had a few inquiries that was forwarded to Hyundai and were told that till they could meet the CA needs, they would not allocate to even neighboring states. I was told that even if I bought it in CA, any service in AZ would be on the best effort basis only. So I would not hold my breadth that MINI electric will be available soon in most states. My guess is that people in other states have to wait for at least one year after CA launch. And even that is optimistic. It would depend on demand and obviously supply.