Mini Electric Concept – The future is from the past
Believe it or not, this is the Mini of the future, despite the design being mostly from the current generation, or the past as it’s known as
This is the all-new, all-electric Mini with a powertrain borrowed from the current BMW i3 which is good for around 150 miles of range.
Expect the wheels, yellow sections and graphics to get up and leave before production
Don’t think that you will get the range extender version with a tiny petrol motor either because this model is purely 100% electric. On the outside, Mini has sealed up and smoothed over any body work that could cause drag and coloured it bright yellow.
Being a BMW concept, this 3-door only model features many details that will sadly get lost between now and late 2019 when the production model silently whirs its way onto the roads of the UK.
Those four-spoke wheels, for example, they are all very John Cooper Works like. The same applies to the fancy yellow detailing and the graphics which will become all but a distant memory as we would expect it to a tamed down look before it hits the roads.
Union Jack tailights should be standard along with a tea set in the boot
This then begs the question, why make an all-electric Mini at all? For starters, the Mini is designed to be a conventional combustion powered car from the off. All of the best performing electric cars are designed from the ground-up without a combustion engine in sight. The Nissan Leaf & the BMW i3 are fine examples of this, lots of aero trickery and a tailored design to contain all of the required batteries in the floor of the car along with the electric motor.
Historically, traditional models that have been repurposed to run an electric drivetrain usually deliver fairly mixed results. Take the electric Ford Focus as an example, barely 100 miles of range meaning very few moved out of showrooms at all.
All very electric and future like
So far no details of what it will cost to buy a Mini Electric but we would expect it to be undercutting its sibling the BMW i3 model by a reasonable margin. The car will make its public bow at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show later next month.