The First Fully Electric MINI Cooper
Published 23rd July 2019
Published 23rd July 2019
The eagerly anticipated MINI Electric has been officially been unveiled and the reception from both press and public has been better than we could have ever expected. In 2020 MINI will be taking their pursuit of urban mobility and sustainability to the next level with the first fully electric model. A powerful, zero-emission engine, classic cooper styling and characteristic go-kart feeling will undoubtedly make for a winning combination.
Electric vehicles have been around for a little over a decade now and it's not unreasonable to presume they'll take centre stage in the years to come. In light of this, more and more manufacturers are shifting their attention towards battery-powered cars. The marriage between MINI and electric motors isn't a new one. The MINI E pilot project began ten years ago while the hybrid Countryman Plug-in has been available since 2017.
The Classic 3-door Hatch has always been MINI's top selling model, it's icon styling and exhilarating driving experience make it a truly unique vehicle. The MINI Electric is quintessentially MINI. Perfect for everyday driving, be that in an urban environment or out on rural roads. The body-shape is instantly recognisable but with an added sense of precision and efficiency.
Certain features such as the grille and wheels create a bridge between the past and the future. The closed-off grille is all-new and the alloys add an asymmetrical element that give an insight into the possibilities of 3D-printing. Standard equipment highlights include a 5.5" Digital Dash, Two levels of power regeneration and Preconditioning, meaning you can remotely heat or cool the vehicle before getting in through the MINI Connected app.
It's the MINI you know and love, with an engine and spec fit for the roads of tomorrow.
The torque delivery of electric motors is instant, making it possible to design a vehicle that's not only environmentally friendly, but also fun to drive. The MINI Electric produces zero emissions while still delivering an impressive 184bhp. Autocar recently wrote a review of the MINI Electric and found the performance to be similar to that of the Cooper S; "The SE’s centre of gravity is lower than the Cooper S’s, promising sharp handling."
So how long does it take to charge and what is the range like? MINI Electric comes with both a fast-charging AC cable for use with a wallbox and occasional cable for your standard three-pin plug sockets at home.
The Electric has a range of between 134 and 145 miles, depending on how you drive. When charging on a 50kW rapid DC charger it'll take just 35 minutes to get an 80 per cent top-up. Using an AC 11kW you'll be able to get an 80 per cent charge in 2hrs30 and a full charge in just over 3 hours.
Life with the new MINI Electric is certainly an exciting and economical prospect both financially and environmentally.
The first fully electric MINI celebrates our heritage while at the same time being part of the evolution of motoring. Ensure your MINI Electric is one of the first off the production line at MINI Plant Oxford by pre-ordering yours today at Halliwell Jones.