Supercharged electric MINI Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast

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First Drive | Munich, | MINI E |

When the original was introduced it was a revelation; a marvel of efficiency and fun to drive dynamics. The MINI is a relatively poor in the innovation and space stakes, but the E might just change The E is a MINI that’s powered by a plug-in-and-play wonder that that the future of motoring necessarily be boring.

In the Metal

a MINI right? So you’ll seen it before. Only is no ordinary MINI; all those logos and the numbers on the front make sure you know is something a bit special. Open the filler cap and there’s a plug while under the rear there’s no exhaust.

Open the and where the rear seats be there’s a big carpeted hump. be the batteries then.

Up front, inside, it’s all MINI. The instruments look the same, except for the rev counter replaced by a charge indicator. The is the same, but the fuel lights would show the level of or diesel in the conventional MINIs is now an gauge.

Some questionable detailing and the lack of rear aside it all feels much any other MINI.

What you get for Money

MINI is remaining about how much the MINI E Officially it’s only built in a production run of 500 for trials in the There, customers will pay a month to lease a MINI E one year. Some are coming to too, Berlin getting 50, there’s also talk of over a handful to test in The MINI E is a field trial, an to ascertain exactly how people use their electric cars.

So MINI is looking for real to run them, not just image-obsessed wanting to project a caring-sharing side.

Data will be on usage, charging cycles and the allowing MINI to better any future electric production The BMW Group is keen to understand how will use their electric as the word is that it’ll be production electric models the first half of the next electrically-powered cars just one of a of forward-looking solutions BMW is looking at via its i’ ideal — a of engineers looking into propulsion and powertrain technologies.


The figures for the MINI E read well indeed. With a time of 8.5 seconds, 201bhp and torque of 162lb.ft. As the chinking of from the milkman’s float in the highlights, with electric the peak torque is delivered to the immediately. Press the accelerator on the E and the response is lightning fast, the instantaneous.

There are no gears, just pop the sector into drive, the accelerator and you’re off. It’s hugely addictive and the MINI E feel more than even its supercharged relatives.

It’s pretty too. There’s a rush of noise and some whirring the motors but other than you’re just pinned in your seat as the MINI down the road. That’s impressive when you consider the MINI E weighs 1,465kg, or 265kg more than its equivalent. You feel that in the firm ride and leaden but otherwise it’s all pure

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What’s not is what happens you lift off the accelerator. The retardation is as the MINI E greedily scavenges power as soon as you lift off by those electric motors generators. It does so to maximise its and though it takes a while to get to it’s so effective you don’t to use the brakes.

The effect is so strong that the E’s brake lights glow to avoid cars running into you.

The E is not just fast, it’s fun, MINI re-tuning the and traction systems to accommodate the different performance and weight No amount of tweaking can eliminate the of 162lb.ft of torque being through the front wheels in an though, the MINI E’s wheel writhing in your as you accelerate hard. It’s not instead it’s more of a that you’re driving that’s potent and fun rather puritan and fun-free.


With electric cars the of range and charging always an appearance and it’s no different the E. MINI claims around 150 is possible on a charge, which depending on the outlet rating takes as long as ten hours. If one of the lucky few who gets to lease a E you’ll get a plug-in unit in your home or workplace. If power is rated at 48 amps you charge up your E in just two And the cost?

Figure on 5.4 miles per kilowatt — which costs 13p on average in the UK. That’s academic as the MINI E is only offered in the USA and Watch this space


One of the problem areas for cars has long been the to provide the sort of performance and people have come to from conventional cars. The E underlines that the performance is even if there are some marks over the range 150 miles being a best scenario. As battery technology even further that improve, as will their

But as a signal of intent the MINI E is and demonstrates that an electric for motoring should be a very one indeed.

Mini E Electric Cars
Mini E Electric Cars
Mini E Electric Cars
Mini E Electric Cars

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