Monday 19 March 2018

New electric MINI concept revealed

The electric Mini Concept
The electric Mini Concept
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

This is the electric MINI concept they will show next month at Frankfurt.

The car, based on the 3dr MINI, will be built at the brand's plant in Cowley, Oxfordshire alongside the rest of the range.

However, it will use a new electric drivetrain made in BMW's e-mobility factories in Bavaria. Range is a predicted 400kms.

Back in 2008 they trialled the MINI E, the first all-electric car from the BMW Group. It was driven by motorists in everyday traffic conditions.

More than 600 of those cars were made as part of the global research.

Backed by that knowledge and insight they made the BMW i3.

And then the production model plug-in hybrid MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 came along last spring.

Now there's the MINI Electric Concept which, they claim, remains "quintessentially MINI and sporty".

Small details stand out. Because the electric drive unit doesn't need much cooling air, the radiator grille is closed for better aerodynamics. The aerodynamic inlays, by the way, are made using a 3D printing process.

The front apron's simulated 'air intakes' are also sealed. There are 'MINI E' badges at various points. And the concept will have dark-coloured 19in wheels.

Finally, the rear of the concept car has no need for exhaust pipes - so there are none.

Indo Motoring

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