BMW MINI’s first electric convertible breaks through 201 kilometers of range


British automaker Mini has unveiled its first production all-electric convertible, the Cooper SE Convertible. 999 of the new convertible electric car will be built at the brand’s factory in the Netherlands. The EV will be offered in two exterior colors: Mystic Black and White Silver, while Resolute Bronze is available on the door handles, side windows, and around the headlights and taillights.

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February 15, 2023 at 12:15 am

The BMW MINI Cooper SE Convertible will be a limited-edition electric car, with only 999 units produced.
The BMW MINI Cooper SE Convertible will be a limited-edition electric car, with only 999 units produced.

To denote its limited edition, the Cooper SE Convertible will have 1/999 stamped on the side sills and sides. It features sleek body panels that replace the conventional front grille. The EV will sit on a set of 17-icnh alloy wheels. The convertible top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 kmphl. The rest of the car is the same as the ICE variant.

Inside, the Mini Cooper SE Convertible features heated seats, adjustable thigh support, a Nappa leather-wrapped multifunction sports steering wheel and yellow accents that highlight the car’s electric powertrain, such as a start-stop switch. It also offers features like a head-up display, a connected infotainment system, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality for those boring, congested journeys.

The Mini Cooper SE Convertible will be powered by a 135 kW electric motor producing 184 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in 8.2 seconds. According to the WLTP test cycle, the EV offers a range of 201 kilometers on a single charge. The range is much less than that of the enclosed Mini Cooper SE, which can provide 270 kilometers of range on a single charge. The Mini Cooper SE debuted in 2019 and was launched in India last year via the CBU (Completely Built Unit) route.

MINI did not reveal the convertible’s battery capacity. However, the automaker is likely to use the same 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery as the enclosed EV. The battery on the Cooper SE features fast-charging technology and can be charged from 0-80% in 2.5 hours with an 11 kW charger, or in 36 minutes with a 50 kW DC fast charger.

First published date: Feb 15, 2023 at 12:15pm CST

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