BMW has unveiled its new Mini Cooper all-electric version which will be available from early 2020. The Mini Cooper SE is the first solely electrically powered model of the Mini Cooper which can travel to 235 kilometers (146 miles) in a single charge and is priced at about $35,000.
Update: BMW has announced that it’s first widely available all-electric Mini Cooper will be available for $29,000 (~Rs. 20,50,000) and will go on sale in the US from March 2020.
$850 destination and handling fee will also be tipped over the starting price.
Another version with a range of 270 kilometers is also available at a higher price (not revealed by the company).
BMW Mini Cooper SE Highlights:
- First MINI and a first small car in the premium segment to run on electrical power only powered with an electric motor with 135 kW/184 hp and 270 Nm.
- The model-specific lithium-ion battery enables a range of 235 to 270 kilometers – without constraints in terms of luggage compartment volume.
- Can be charged at a household socket, wall box or public charging stations, fast direct-current charging possible at up to 50 kW.
- Outstanding agility due to spontaneous power delivery, low center of gravity, front-wheel drive and wheel slip limiting close to the actuator.
- Acceleration from zero to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds and from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.
- The characteristic design of the MINI 3 Door with model-specific accentuations, model-specific display and control elements in the interior, recuperation can be configured at two levels for individual one-pedal feeling.
- It will comes with features like Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, keyless entry, auto rain-sensing wipers and headlights, and a driver assistance package.
- Standard equipment features include LED headlamps, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, heating with heat pump technology, auxiliary heating, electric parking brake, and connected navigation.
Compared with other EVs available at a similar price like Hyundai Kona Electric and Tesla Model 3 provides a very heavy range and the specifications available in the Mini Cooper SE appears to be same as they were announced three to four years back with the BMW i3 SUV.
Coming next year BMW Mini Cooper SE’s range will be a concern as the EV Market is opening at a higher level with countries adding restriction to combustion engine vehicles and promoting Electric powere vehicles.