The German multinational carmaker is not joking about rolling out a fleet of all-electric cars in the coming year, 2020
The company’s plan to venture into the electric car production knows no boundary, and in the latest report, the German carmaker is reportedly planning to set its first all-electric Mini Cooper on the road sometime around March 2020.
Before I go ahead with this article, let me quickly ask a question. Have you ever thought of the actual owner of the Mini Cooper? Well, if you are still oblivious to the answer, then I’m pleased to inform you that the fancy Mini road star belongs to BMW. It uses to belong to a British automotive marque until it was later acquired by BMW in 2000 and used by them for a range of small cars.
Now, going forward, BMW wants the next Mini to be a fully-electrified car, as part of the company’s plans to release a fleet of electric cars in the coming year.
Talking about the capability of the upcoming electric Mini Cooper; aside from the electric factor, it may not be as amazing as the old cooper. While it will be eco-friendly, the new Mini Cooper SE won’t be as fun to drive as earlier supercharged and turbo-powered models with a zero to 62 mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed that is limited to just 93.2 mph.
On Tuesday, BMW announced that the newly adapted Mini Cooper SE will house an electric motor with 135 kW (181 HP) and 270 Nm. “(199 lb-ft) of power feeding to the front wheels which should provide drivers with the unmistakable go-kart feeling” BMW addresses the Mini.
About the engine, You can expect the best from the German carmaker. Starting from the batteries, the upcoming Mini Cooper is expected to come with a model-specific lithium-ion battery which according to the company will be housed deep in the vehicle floor between the front seats and below the rear seats, this way it can help to maximize the car’s center of gravity with no reduction in usable luggage space. You can read that all over again to have a better understanding, especially if you are not a car lover.
Moving forward, the cooper is said to weigh approximately 3,009 which is 319 pounds heavier than the Mini Cooper-S 2 door hardtop with Steptronic transmission. By now, you would like to ask me about the speed range, Yes! although not as fast as the traditional Mini Cooper, it is rated at 235 to 270 kilometers (146 miles to 167.7 miles) depending on the model.
Aside all that has been stated, you can also expect a great interior finish, light alloy wheels, interior fittings, and seat upholstery. Buyers will also have the option to add features and equipment like connected navigation among others that are still not made public yet.
If you are interested in ordering one of the electric coopers, it starts at £24,400 (around $30,400 or NGN10,949,472) with the first models set for delivery in March 2020.