Mini Electric: Classic Cooper gets a battery boost
- Apr 10, 2018 -
Are you keen on a classic Mini, but hate the idea of owning a petrol car? Meet the Mini Electric, unveiled in New York overnight.
Don’t get too excited, though – it’s not going into production. This is just a teaser, designed to get people excited about the all-electric Mini coming in 2019.
That means there are no tech specs provided, beyond a claim “its electric motor provides new dimension to the unmistakable go-kart feeling that helped propel the British small car in its original form to worldwide popularity”.
The car is finished in bright red complete with white stripes and a white roof, along with four rally-style spotlights. They’re probably bad for battery consumption, but good for evoking everyone’s favourite Monte Carlo-winning supermini.
This isn’t the first time Mini has tried to whet our appetite for an all-electric city hatch. Revealed in August last year, theElectric Concept was the opposite of the Electric you see here: a forward-looking take on Mini’s classic design language.
Once again, no details about a powertrain were provided. The only hint we have as to the car’s performance comes in the form of the2008 Mini E – built in limited numbers – made use of a 150kW/220Nm electric motor, and had a range of 240km on a single charge.
The game has moved on since then. Hyundai is pushing 500km with its long-range Kona Electric, while the BMW i3s produces 135kW and 275Nm from its electric motor.
Meanwhile, the nearest thing to a full EV in the Mini stable is theCooper SE Countryman All4 Plug-In Hybrid, which offers a pure-electric range of 40km from its 7.6kWh battery pack.
The Mini Electric is on show at the New York motor show, whereCarAdvice is on the ground covering the action. Stay tuned for the latest.
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