The Mini Electric has a range of 124 miles
This year marks 60 years since the release of the original Mini, and 50 since the movie The Italian Job. Perhaps in another 50 or 60 years, people will be looking back at 2019 and saying, “Oh yes, that was the first time the fully-electric Mini was announced.”
Currently taking orders, with deliveries commencing in March 2020, the Mini Electric is a three-door hatch with a range of 124 miles – based on the body of a Cooper S, and even retaining the badges and bonnet vent of its sporty cousin. It has a few cosmetic tweaks, though, including smoother bumpers, yellow trim, and the aerodynamic door mirrors lifted from the Clubman. Prices start at around AED113,000, and will increase according to which of the three trim levels you go for.
Under the bonnet, there’s a 181bhp electric motor from the BMW i3S, which gives a 0-100kph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 150kph (93mph). There’s also a battery back positioned along the centre of the car where the exhaust system and transmission would normally be. The charging flap can be found in the location for the regular fuel cap.
Mini has already said that the arrival of the electric car is as groundbreaking an event as when BMW first introduced its modern take on the classic back in 2001 – it’s also not the brand’s first attempt at an electric Mini either, with a prototype, the Mini E, unveiled a decade ago.
Perhaps more significantly, the car is to be built at the Cowley plant in Oxfordshire, which is the spiritual home of the original Mini – and no doubt reassuring for workers facing Brexit uncertainty. Maybe it’s time for an updated, all-electric version of The Italian Job?