MINI Electric (2020–)
MINI Electric revealed with 124-mile range
MINI has revealed a pure electric version of its three-door hatch ahead of deliveries starting in March 2020, priced from £24,400.
A 32.6kWh battery pack positioned under the vehicle floor powers an electric motor producing 184PS and 270Nm of torque. As such, it’ll cover 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, while top speed is limited to 93mph.
Under WLTP fuel economy tests, the MINI Electric can cover 124 miles on a single charge. With an unladen weight of 1365kg, the MINI Electric is only 145kgs heavier than the current MINI Cooper S 3-Door with automatic transmission.
MINI claims that a lower centre of gravity than the Cooper S and ‘close to perfect’ weight distribution means the MINI Electric is fun to drive, while a trick dynamic stability control provides excellent traction.Drivers can select from four drive modes. Sport has meatier steering, Green reduces the throttle response while Green+ takes energy-saving a step further, reducing comfort functions such as the air conditioning to increase the electric range.
There’s a new 5.5-inch digital dashboard behind the steering wheel providing details such as speed, the charge of the battery and available range. When connected to a charging station, it can show the outside temperature, available range and charge status.
The MINI Electric comes with home and public charging cables as standard, designed for AC and DC charging using Type 2 and CCS Combo 2 plugs.
A charge level indicator above the car’s socket (where the petrol filler cap would normally be) displays orange for the start of the charge, pulsating yellow during charging and green for a fully-charged battery. At a 50Kw DC fast-charging station it can reach 80 per cent charge in around 35 minutes.
Cosmetic updates to the MINI Electric include an embossed logo on the car’s side scuttles, tailgate and front radiator grille. Special 17-inch MINI Electric two-tone wheels are optional. Boot volume remains at the Hatch’s 211 litres, expanding to 731 litres with the rear seats dropped.
The entry-level MINI Electric starts at £24,400 after the government’s plug-in car grant. The mid-level model is available for £26,400 and adds a cloth/leather-look upholstery, additional exterior body colour and wheel options, as well as adding rear parking sensors, a rear camera and heated seats.
Top-spec models start at £30,400 and feature front parking sensors, Park Assist, a Harmon Kardon sound system and head-up display. It also adds a panoramic sunroof, matrix LEDs and an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Wireless phone charging is also included, in addition to leather seats, a choice of five alloy wheels and six exterior body colours.
Orders are being taken from today, with first deliveries in March 2020.
Latest fuel and emissions figures for MINI Cooper SE (electric) combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 16.8 - 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km