New all-electric Mini E to launch in 2019 as halo for model


MINI E electrical automobiles utilized in vehicle-to-grid take a look at. Photograph by
College of Delaware/Evan Krape
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The primary Mini E, cobbled collectively by placing a battery pack
the place the rear seat was, was BMW’s very first try at
constructing a contemporary electrical automobile.

Only some hundred have been constructed, again in 2009, however the fast
undertaking gave the German firm real-world expertise on how
electric-car drivers used their automobiles, recharged them, and
in any other case handled them.

Final fall, BMW’s CEO confirmed that an all-electric Mini would
make a return to the British maker’s lineup.

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This time, BMW has huge plans for the upcoming Mini E, in accordance
to business commerce journal
Automotive Information (subscription required).

Sebastian Mackensen, world head of Mini, instructed the publication
that the model’s fifth “superhero” mannequin might be an
all-electric car, saying that the automobile could be greater than a
token providing.

Whereas declining to present any particulars on the brand new mannequin’s measurement,
vary, or powertrain, Mackensen instructed AutoNews,
“The electrical automobile is just not meant to simply have an providing
so you possibly can say you could have an electrical automobile, however actually no person buys
it. No, it’s a actual automobile.”

MINI E electrical automobiles utilized in vehicle-to-grid take a look at. Photograph by
College of Delaware/Evan Krape
Enlarge Photograph

Mini has dabbled with electrical variants previously, most
notably with the Mini E, a short-lived conversion of the
2009-2010 Mini Cooper three-door hatchback.

That automobile supplied a variety of round 100 miles from its
35-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, however was solely
accessible to lease. (Some are nonetheless on the highway as analysis

Within the U.S., the Mini E was solely supplied to U.S. drivers in Los
Angeles, New York, and New Jersey, however its important purpose wasn’t to
convey electrification to the lots.

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As an alternative, was to be a take a look at bench for the early growth of
that may finally discover its manner into the pioneering
BMW i3 electrical automobile launched in late 2013.

Some eight years on, BMW is not any stranger to electrical automobiles,
with a rising array of plug-in hybrid variations of its
mainstream fashions together with the i3 hatchback and the i8
plug-in hybrid sport coupe.

There’s additionally a plug-in hybrid model of the brand new Mini
Countryman crossover utility car on the way in which.

Maybe the long run high-volume electrical Mini will consequence within the
similar final result as Sensible’s efforts to impress the ForTwo. 

The ensuing electrical Sensible was a pleasing shock, with its
clunky, harsh, and largely inefficient gasoline engine and
automated handbook transmission changed by a clean, quiet,
electrical driveline.

Mini has by no means suffered from a crude engine or transmission, so
there’s little to be gained in refinement by switching to
electrical propulsion.

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The transfer may do wonders for the model’s reliability, nevertheless.

Final 12 months, Shopper Stories noticed Mini tumble 4 spots
within the publication’s annual reliability examine, from 10th to

That places Mini firmly in the course of the pack for all
manufacturers—and maybe a easy electrical drivetrain with fewer
shifting elements, and therefore fewer failure factors, may assist.


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