The New MINI Electric
MINI makes history as it unveils the manufacturer’s first fully electric vehicle.
The latest model from MINI is an all-electric version of their classic ‘Hatchback’ line. The car features the same unique and unmistakable 3-door design, embedded with Mini Electric identifiers. The front radiator grille, side scuttles and fuel cap all contain the logo, with some available in a distant yellow finish.
Inside, the MINI Electric joins the growing trend with a 5.5” digital dashboard which shows road speed, battery charge, driving mode and system notifications/messages. It will also display details about the vehicle’s current charge level if plugged in to a charging station.
Powering the vehicle is a 32.6 kWh battery which produces a maximum of 184 HP and 270NM of torque. This propels the car from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds – nearing the performance of the Mini Cooper S hot-hatch. It has a limited top speed of 93mph.
MINI claim the new model has “close to perfect weight distribution” thanks to a lower centre of gravity and less weight on the front wheels when compared to the Cooper S, due to strategic battery placements and suspension technology. This enhances the small car’s famous go-kart driving feeling, especially when using the SPORT driving mode. For drivers concerned with range, GREEN and GREEN+ focus on power-saving techniques like gentler acceleration and reducing or deactivating air conditioning.
As required by new EU law, the MINI Electric has an acoustic pedestrian protection system to produce sound at low speeds. This gives surrounding road users extra awareness of the vehicle.
Standard pricing starts at £24,400 OTR including the Government’s £3,500 grant, but for rear Park Distance Control (PDC), Seat Heating, Logo Projection, Driving Assistance Pack and Rear Camera, buyers will opt for the mid-level trim (£26,400 OTR including the Government grant) of the three available. Those with cash to splash (£30,400 OTR including the Government grant) can enjoy all-round Park Distance Control, a Harmon Kardon sound system, Head-Up display, Panoramic Roof, Park Assist and Matrix LED lights.
The first orders will be delivered in the UK from March 2020.