New Mini Electric: Price, specs and release date
The new Mini Electric has been revealed, with the pace to match a Mini Cooper S and a range of 124 miles.
124-mile range and 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds
£24,400 (incl. grant)
on sale now
Mini’s first electric car is on sale now, and the first customers will actually get their cars delivered by spring 2020. Read on to find out all you need to know about the new battery-powered hatch.
Mini Electric range and charging
The Mini Electric uses a 184hp electric motor that’s similar to the one in parent company BMW’s i3s. Mini claims that its new battery-electric vehicle has a range of between 124 and 144 miles between charges.
To get a full charge from empty, you’ll need to plug it in for three-and-a-half hours using an 11kW charger – the sort of power you’d get if installed a wall-mounted charger at home. With a more powerful 50kW charger, you can get from 0% to 80% capacity in just 35 minutes.
Mini Electric styling
The Mini Electric gets a few visual clues to let you know it’s not a regular Mini hatch. There are also special logos on the optional two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels (which are designed to echo the look of three-pin plug), plus Mini Electric logos on the side skirts, grille and bootlid. You also get a closed grille, as you don’t need a radiator to keep the engine cool.
You charge it from the same point on the car where you’d ordinarily find a fuel filler car, on the right rear wheel arch.
A wide range of options and accessories to add a personal touch to your car is available, just as in any Mini, allowing you to change the colours of the roof or door mirrors surrounds. Plus, you can choose between 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Mini Electric driving
Mini claims its electric car has similar performance to the peppy Mini Cooper S, reaching 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds (the Cooper S does it in 6.8 seconds). Top speed is 93mph. You can choose between four driving modes, depending on your mood: Sport, Mid, Green and Green+, with the steering and accelerator responses getting less and less fun as you toggle through. The upside is that your range should increase as you move from Sport to Green+.
Mini Electric infotainment
The car gets a 5.5-inch driver’s display behind the steering wheel that shows info such as the car’s speed, the amount of charge left in the batteries and the status of the driver assistance systems. The Mini Electric also has a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay but, sadly, no Android Auto.
Mini Electric specs
There are three specification levels available with the Mini Electric. The standard car gets the infotainment system as detailed above, alongside climate control.
Move up a grade and you’ll get a part-leather interior, rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera and heated seats. This version costs from £26,400 when you factor in the government’s Plug-in grant.
Top-spec cars add parking sensors at the front, an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system, a bigger infotainment touchscreen (nearing nine inches in size), a sunroof and matrix LED lights. They also get a full leather interior and wireless phone charging. A top-of-the-range Mini Electric costs from £30,400.
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