Production Mini Electric is based on a 135kW (181HP) engine that brings the car to 62MPH for 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 93MPH. No one will confuse it into a high-end sports car, so it can be compared to the Mini Cooper S. The instantaneous 199 foot tips of the EV torque and lower center of gravity could also give it an edge. You will not take any long land drive with this when the 32.6kWh battery is estimated to deliver between 1
The capacity makes it easy to charge at least 50kW high-speed charging station that delivers 80 percent capacity in 35 minutes.
As you might imagine, the cabin is just as tech-laden as the power plant. The usual instrument cluster is now replaced by a 5.5-inch display (below) that shows your battery level and other EV-specific vitales. You'll also find a standard 6.5-inch center touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Mini Online and up-to-date real-time updates, not to mention electrical touches like maps showing nearby charging stations. Upgraded models add fringe benefits like Park Distance Control, a rear camera and driver helper. Go all out of the premium model and you get an 8.8-inch touch screen, cell phone charging, parking assistance and a Harman Kardon sound system.
The UK residents can order Mini Electric today for either £ 299 (about $ 373) per day. Monthly leasing or £ 24,400 purchase after a plug-in car credit (about $ 30,425). A mid-tier version with PDC, rear camera, heated seats and driver helps cost £ 26,400 after the credit ($ 32,924) while those determined to maximize their Minis can buy topspec for £ 30,400 ($ 37891). There is no word on US prices or availability, but don't be surprised if it changes significantly between taxes and EV credits.