Charged versions of MINI will become electric vehiclesJanuary 27, 2020
The next generation lineup John Cooper Works will be transferred to electric traction
The MINI JCW family of sports models is waiting for inevitable electrification, said Andreas Lampka, head of communications at the British brand, in an interview with reporters from the Australian portal Motoring.com. The manager spoke about the possible problems of hot hatch with electric motors, but expressed confidence that they will be resolved by the next generation MINI.
Andreas Lampka noted that the power and torque characteristics of electric motors are impressive, and made it clear that it would be unreasonable not to take advantage of electric power plants when developing top versions of the new MINI.
At the same time, British brand engineers have to work hard to ensure that the environmentally friendly MINI JCW are not perceived as soulless cars. “The emotional appeal of JCW is their sound,” Lampka emphasized and added that the problem of acoustic perception of electric cars has not yet been resolved.
At the same time, Lampka does not believe that the task of creating a charismatic electric car is unsolvable: MINI manager named Porsche Taycan as an example of a bright and emotional “battery powered” car.
In the future, all MINI models will switch to electric power plants, and an exception will not be made even for the fourth generation of the limited edition MINI JCW GP.
Currently, the only MINI in electric traction is the Cooper SE hatchback introduced last summer. The power plant model is unified with the electric BMW i3.
It is expected that within three years the range of the British brand will be replenished with a family micro-van with an electrified power plant and a compact electric city car the size of Smart ForFour. A change in the generation of MINI Cooper hatchbacks is unlikely to take place until 2024.
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