BMW-owned British luxury car brand Mini has officially revealed some technical details about its upcoming new Cooper Electric three-door hatchback. This solidifies what Mini boss Stefanie Wurst revealed in an interaction with British automotive publication Autocar UK in March this year. As the automaker has revealed, the upcoming new Mini Cooper Electric will be able to travel between 300 and 400 kilometers on a single charge.
The upcoming Mini Cooper Electric will be the first model in the automaker’s next-generation lineup of cars. The car brand claims that this EV will bring the joy of electric driving to the driver. It claims the car has been geared towards electric driving pleasure. Mini also claims that the upcoming Cooper Electric will be offered in two different powertrain versions, which will only be sold as a three-door hatchback body style.
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The entry-level Mini Cooper E will feature a single front-axle-mounted electric motor producing a peak 181 horsepower. The automaker claims the electric motor will draw power from a floor-mounted 40.7 kWh battery pack, which is expected to have a range of 300 kilometers on a single charge.
The taller variant will be a performance-focused one. Called the Mini Cooper SE, the Ev will feature an electric motor mounted on the front axle, producing a peak power of 181 horsepower. This variant claims to draw power from a larger 54.2 kWh battery pack for a maximum range of 400km.
Interestingly, the head of Mini has previously stated that the EV has a minimum range of 386 kilometers on a single charge. The automaker has now clarified that only the Cooper SE will hit the 400km threshold, with entry-level models expected to have a shorter range on a single charge. Still, that’s still a lot better than the previous generation’s 233km range.
The new Mini Cooper will use a new electric vehicle architecture called Spotlight, which was developed with BMW Group’s Chinese joint venture partner Great Wall Motors.
First published date: May 7, 2023 at 10:40 AM CST