Munich - Mini has pulled the covers off its first mass production electric car, and it’s coming to South Africa, albeit in limited volumes, with the first units expected to touch down in the first quarter of 2021.
The Mini Cooper SE is powered by a front-mounted electric motor that produces 135kW and 270Nm, and is fed by 12 lithium ion batteries mounted in the vehicle’s floor, or more specifically beneath the front and rear seats so as not to intrude on passenger and boot space.
Batteries are heavy things, but the Mini SE’s weight gain is not too catastrophic - at 1365kg unladen, the car weighs 145kg more than a Mini Cooper S.
Performance is also on the lively side (remember, you are getting loads of instantaneous torque) and Mini claims the little hatch will sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds, but it’s not for speed junkies as Mini has limited the top speed to 150km/h.
Yet the most important number in an EV conversation is range, and to that end Mini claims that the SE will manage between 235 and 270 kilometres between charges, depending on what official driving cycle you're talking about.