The first electric MINI will get a filling from the BMW i3

The first electric MINI will get a filling from the BMW i3

March 22, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Production of the model will begin in November of this year.

Production of the first electric MINI will begin in November of this year. The hatchback, which will be called the Cooper SE, will be equipped with a power unit from the BMW i3 S. According to preliminary information, it will be able to drive up to 235 kilometers through the WLTP cycle without recharging.

The characteristics of the electric vehicle were revealed by the Autoevolution edition, whose employees attended a closed event dedicated to the imminent release of a new model. It became known from them that the “sports” version of the BMW i3 with the S index will share the technical content with the MINI Cooper SE. The Cooper will receive a 184-horsepower electric motor (270 Nm of the moment) and a block with a 33-kilowatt-hour battery.

Batteries weigh 200 kilograms. They are located in the central tunnel, as well as on-site trunk and exhaust system. The total mass of the electric MINI is 1360 kilograms, which is 130 kilograms more than the Cooper S with an automatic transmission. Battery Cooper will also accelerate as a Cooper S with a two-liter turbo engine – from zero to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds.

The precursor of the British-made serial electric car was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. The car received special suspension settings and 19-inch wheels. However, some elements of the concept car body were made on a 3D printer.