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

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MINI E electrical vehicles utilized in vehicle-to-grid check. Picture by
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The primary Mini E, cobbled collectively by placing a battery pack
the place the rear seat was once, was BMW’s very first try at
constructing a contemporary electrical automotive.

Just a few 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 vehicles, 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, advised the publication
that the model’s fifth “superhero” mannequin might be an
all-electric car, saying that the automotive could be greater than a
token providing.

Whereas declining to present any particulars on the brand new mannequin’s measurement,
vary, or powertrain, Mackensen advised AutoNews,
“The electrical automotive is just not meant to only have an providing
so you’ll be able to say you’ve gotten an electrical automotive, however actually no one buys
it. No, it’s a actual automotive.”

MINI E electrical vehicles utilized in vehicle-to-grid check. Picture by
College of Delaware/Evan Krape
Enlarge Picture

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

That automotive provided a spread 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
autos.)

Within the U.S., the Mini E was solely provided to U.S. drivers in Los
Angeles, New York, and New Jersey, however its most important objective wasn’t to
carry electrification to the plenty.

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As an alternative, was to be a check bench for the early improvement of
that will ultimately discover its means into the pioneering
BMW i3 electrical automotive launched in late 2013.

Some eight years on, BMW is not any stranger to electrical autos,
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 longer term high-volume electrical Mini will outcome within the
similar final result as Good’s efforts to impress the ForTwo. 

The ensuing electrical Good was a nice 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 yr, Client Stories noticed Mini tumble 4 spots
within the publication’s annual reliability examine, from 10th to
14th. 

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

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