Sharing its powertrain with the BMW, the new Mini Electric claims a 7.3sec 0-100kmh time and 200-kilometre range
Six decades since the very first car rolled out of its Oxford factory in 1959, Mini has unveiled an all-electric variant of its famous hatchback, sharing underpinnings with the BMW i3s.
Although we’ll have to get behind the wheel to test the claim, Mini says the model’s trademark go-kart handling has only been enhanced with the addition of an electric powertrain, thanks to a 30mm drop in centre of gravity, near-perfect weight distribution and the immediate power delivery found with electric motors. Centre of gravity has seen a reduction in height thanks to the underfloor position of the 32.6kWh battery, which provides a WLTP-tested range of 200 kilometres – 50kW DC fast-charging can give you around 160 kilometres of range in 35 minutes.
Power comes from the same synchronous electric motor found in the BMW i3s, producing an identical 134kW and 269Nm of torque for a Cooper S-rivalling 7.3sec 0-100kmh time and 150kmh top speed. Four driving modes and various levels of brake regen aggression can be selected, ranging from Sport for more direct steering and the punchiest throttle response, down to Green+, which disables comfort accessories such as air conditioning for when you need to eke every last bit out of your charge.
Although it shares the bodyshell from its combustion counterpart, Mini Electric logos on the sides, front and rear help you distinguish the two, alongside the now closed-off front grille for aerodynamics and the reduced requirement for cooling, and the replacement of a petrol filler cap for a charging port, located above the right-hand rear wheel. Not so obvious additions are the aerodynamically considerate undercarriage and rear apron, elements made possible with the removal of combustion car components.
Coming as standard is a 5.5-inch digital dashboard screen, displaying everything you’d expect to find in an ordinary car, but also giving you the ability to choose your route based on power consumption, as well as journey times. LED headlights and tail lights, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen and more, also come as standard.