Mini reveals electric Cooper

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Words: Nile Bijoux
10 Jul 2019

The all-electric Mini is here. Meet the Cooper SE, based on the Mini 3-door.

It uses a 135kW/270Nm electric motor to drive the front wheels, fed by a 32.6kWh lithium-ion battery good for between 235km and 275km of range. According to Mini, the little hatch will sprint to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds.

Charging the car from zilch to 80 per cent takes around two and a half hours using an 11kW wallbox with the three-phase charging cable, with the final twenty per cent adding another hour. Plugging into a DC fast-charge station drops that zero-to-80 per cent time to 35 minutes.

The maker also says a distinctive ‘Mini sound’ will play through external speakers, which “guarantees an acoustic presence on the road that is typical of MINI.” What that sound is, we aren’t sure.

Aesthetically, the Cooper SE resembles a conventional 3-door, albeit with a few subtle changes. A yellow light bar on the nose, yellow mirror caps and a charge point above the right-rear wheel are about the only hints the car is electric, and those Mini Electric logos.

Inside is a similar story, with different trim packages available. Carbon black seats come with the Trim S package, while M and L trim levels offer fabric/leather seats. Those opting for the XL tier will get leather seats as standard. Other standard equipment features include LED headlamps, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heating via heat pump technology, auxiliary heating, electric parking brake and Connected Navigation.

Thanks to low-mounted batteries in the boot, storage is identical to the 3-door (211L, expandable to 731L by folding the seats).

We’ve contacted Mini New Zealand to see when we can expect the zero-emissions hatchback here, so stay tuned.

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