Mini tested its first electric car behind the Arctic CircleJanuary 24, 2018
The company Mini began testing its first electric car. For this purpose, an environmentally friendly car was brought to the Arctic Circle. Spy photos from the tests were published by Autocar. So far, the pictures show only a test mule, where the engineers of the German brand roll over the nodes and assemblies of the future model.
The serial version of the car will appear in 2019. According to unofficial data, the range of the novelty will be 305 kilometers. Up to 100 km the electric Mini will be able to accelerate in 7.5 seconds. It is not ruled out that the novelty will be sold under the name Mini Cooper E.
The assembly of the three-door hatchback will be adjusted in the UK. In this case, the production of the transmission for the machine will take place in Germany.
At last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Mini introduced the concept of its first ever electric car. The prototype was named Electric Concept. The hatchback was equipped with LED optics, a radiator grille with inserts of yellow color, and also sliding door handles. The company explained that a number of parts for the electric car were created using 3D printing technology. Side “skirts” and rear diffuser made of fiberglass.
Last year, Mini introduced its first hybrid. This version received a new generation of Countryman. The hybrid power plant includes a 1.5-liter petrol turbo BMW and an electric motor. The same system was previously used on the BMW 225xe Plug-in Hybrid. The total power of the hybrid is 224 horsepower.