Tuesday 22 October 2019

Revealed: The first official pictures and everything you need to know about the new electric Mini

The first official pictures of the Mini EV, which will start in price from €26,890
The first official pictures of the Mini EV, which will start in price from €26,890
The dashboard of the MINI EV
The car clips from zero to 60km an hour in 3.9 seconds
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

These are first official pictures, details and prices of the new electric Mini.

The brand is claiming it is the first small car to run solely on battery electric power in the premium segment.

Prices start from €26,890 after the SEAI grant of €5,000 and the VRT rebate of €5,000 have been factored in. That price puts it right in the mix with the likes of the Renault Zoe, for example.

You can expect to see it in Irish showrooms next March but, as is increasingly the case these days, the order books are now open for next spring delivery.

The announcement also marks something of a milestone in that the brand's first full electric car is being unveiled in the year that the company is celebrating its own 60th birthday.

Given the current drive toward electric motoring, the Mini EV's timing is good - and the starting price looks decent.

There is also an Irish link: the electric Mini model is being masterminded by young Dundalk man James Redmond.

All future Mini electric vehicles will be made at the Oxford plant for global markets.

There are some interesting figures among the details of the new EV. For instance, it clips from zero to 60kmh in 3.9 seconds and to 100 kmh in 7.3 seconds, which in a car of this size should feel particularly fast.

The electric motor pumps 184hp and 270 Nm of torque (pulling power).

The lithium-ion battery is capable of going 235 to 270km between charges (WLTP figures). The ultimate range depends on model; the higher level you opt for, the more range you get.

Mini says luggage space is not affected by the intrusion of the battery pack and standard equipment includes a new digital dashboard, connected navigation including real-time traffic information (RTTI), LED headlights and tail lights.

The new EV can be charged at a household socket, wall-box or public charging stations; fast direct-current charging is possible at up to 50 kW.

It should be a great little driver given electric cars' capability to deliver all their pulling power from the get-go - plus the fact it is a Mini with substantial verve built into the chassis anyway.

Irish Independent

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