The All-Electric Mini Cooper S: The First Mini Green Car

Mini Electric Car Cooper S

Overview 


The Mini Electric, also referred to as the Mini Cooper SE is another model, in the line up of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the German automotive giant, the BMW Group.  The 3 door hatch Mini Electric incorporates technology from the successful BMWi3 electric vehicle, to include the EV battery and electric motor.  The Mini Electric is the commencement of a bold new era for the celebrated British automotive brand.   

  • Launch: March 2020 
  • Pre-orders now open on the Mini UK website. As of July 2019, up to 40,000 pre-orders
  • Mini Electric manufactured at Plant Oxford.  The production site is the ‘birthplace and heart of Mini’, with over 3 million cars manufactured since 2001
  • The first all-electric car in the Mini range and retains the ‘iconic’ design 
  • A good all-round performer for urban emission free driving
  • Positioned as an ‘affordable’ EV.  The electric car qualifies for the plug-in car grant (PiCG) of up to £3,500. Starting price £24,400 

Battery And Range 


  • Battery capacity: 32.6 kWh
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 134 – 145 miles
  • Capable of rapid charging 

Power & Performance


  • 0-62 mph: 7.3 sec
  • Top speed: 93  mph
  • Brake horsepower: 181 bhp
  • Torque: 270 Nm

The All-Electric Mini Cooper S
The All-Electric Mini Cooper S (credit: Mini)

Reviews 


Comprehensive reviews yet to be published, as reviewers have not been able to conduct a full driving test. However, a shorter test has been conducted on the production-spec Mini Electric. 


Pros And Cons


  • Styling ‘iconic’ Mini: looks like a conventional Mini, an attractive and successful design 
  • Affordable price point compared to other premium EVs and also compared to higher spec conventional Mini’s
  • Though a smaller battery, the range is more than ample for urban commuting (Mini installed a smaller battery, as it reduces the weight of the car). According to Mini, the majority of customers drive up to 25 miles a day 
  • For longer distance driving, rivals have better all-electric car models 
  • Lower weight and instant torque makes the car ‘entertaining and fun’ to drive.  The EV rides well and has the familiar three drive modes (Standard, Mid and Sport)
  • A familiar interior. The Mini Electric interior very similar to conventional Mini models, except for some changes from analog to digital 
  • Impressive on-board technology, to include regenerative braking 
  • Given the similarity in looks, feel and drive, the Mini Electric is strongly placed to convert Mini petrol or diesel owners to zero-emission electric driving

e-zoomed View 


We have seen automotive manufactures take two very different approaches to new electric vehicle models.  The first approach, has been to design the car as ‘futuristic’.  A good example is the BMW i3 electric car.  But the other approach has been to retain as much ‘similarity and familiarity’ for consumers switching from internal combustion engine (ICE) driving to electric driving. The Audi e-tron and the Mini Electric are good examples of of the latter approach. We at e-zoomed believe both approaches are valid.  What will matter the most, will be the delivery of a quality product at an affordable price.  We believe, Mini Electric is well positioned in this regards.  

For those current owners of conventional Mini’s or other petrol/ diesel cars, who are using the car mostly for urban driving or local commutes, we would recommend making the switch to the Mini Electric and commence your journey into the world of zero-emission driving.  



Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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