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New MINI Cooper SE Electric: First Look, First Ride and Pricing


MINI gave a sneak preview of the all-new pure electrical MINI Cooper SE at the 2019 NYC Formula E race. The first all-electric MINI E was much beloved as it was released in 2008 to the blessed few who would lease it. That car served as a real world EV test bed for BMW/MINI. BMW followed the original MINI E up with all the BMW ActiveE in 2012 and then, of course, with all the BMW i3 in 2014. Several have been eagerly awaiting the release of MINI’s fresh EV and expectations are quite high.

At the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, MINI unveiled a Portuguese MINI Electric Concept Car. Since the Frankfurt Auto Show, MINI had been coy with details and only recently declared the EV’s specs and release date. We now know the brand new pure electrical MINI is rated for up to 168 kilometers in Europe, and it’s a 32.6 kWh battery.

US official graded range is not yet offered. MINI reps did affirm that their new EV will be using 94Ah batteries. Given a entire battery capacity of 32.6 kWh size, I would anticipate an array in the US of about 120 miles as this is about what a 94Ah i3 has been ranked.

Though MINI electrical has a range listed from 235-270 kilometers, I managed to affirm that only one battery will be available for your MINI Cooper S – that a 32.6 kWh battery package. The two unique ranges listed in km, MINI reps told me was due to differently optioned cars. For example, certain tires and wheels combos are not as efficient as the others. This kind of change in rating is no different than what Tesla does in case you switch tires and wheels.

As far as charging moves, The MINI will have a J1772 plug speed controller port which can deliver up to 11 kW Level 2, as well as a CCS DC jack with charging at speeds up to 50 kW. About the DC Charger, the MINI Cooper SE is capable of going from almost vacant to 80 percent in about half an hour. When plugged into a 7.2 kW charger 80% gain from about flat occurs in 2 and a half hrs.

The MINI Cooper SE stocks the iconic MINI design but is not as futuristic appearing as was the most 2017 MINI E Concept. MINI did confirm to me that the MINI Cooper SE is an adapted, present MINI Cooper chassis which found in 2014, doors, hood all.

Cosmetically, The MINI Cooper SE appears much like a regular MINI Cooper 2 door driveway however has been adorned with a lot of yellow accents, distinctive badging plus a cost port rather than a gas cap. An additional 319 pounds were added once you compare to a normal MINI and it has a curb weight of 3,009 pounds.

The powertrain is, however, completely different. MINI packed the transmission tube and storage under the seats with batteries laid out in a T-Shape. Open the front engine and you might think you may observe the electrical motor.

You could ’t. All you find is that a massive plastic shroud. If you summit up under the border of the shroud, however, you can observe some orange electrical wires. The battery has been thermally controlled and heat for the cabin is provided by means of a typical heat pump.

The MINI Cooper SE has a 184 hp (135kW) electrical motor that produces 200 lb-ft of torque and is exactly the identical engine used in the BMW i3. The MINI Cooper SE, though, will be typical MINI and front wheel drive versus an i3 which is rear-wheel drive. Being a pure EV, implies the center of gravity is lower as well as in contrast to a normal MINI Cooper, the center of gravity drops by 30mm. The car has a 60/40 weight reduction in-line along with different MINIs.

Two distinct braking modes are available. The most efficient is regenerative manner typical of what a seasoned EV motorist would expect. Meaning, if you lift the throttle there, then the haul of the powertrain slowing the car down while recharging the batteries. For people who would like a more traditional coasting experience when you remove the controller since you experiences in a petrol powered car, merely reach down the row of switches low on the center console and switch the regenerative braking off. Regen is either on or off, there is no factor setting for this.

The cabin has a 5.5” instrument display for speed and battery capacity. At the center is an 8.8” navigation and entertainment display and a Head-Up display is optional. The large central display will also tell you what driving mode the EV is inside. The MINI Cooper SE has four different driving modes you may choose: Sport, Mid, Green, and Green. Mid is the default setting and if you switch to Greenit is so extreme that the air conditioning has shut off, but can raise your scope. This is similar to Sport, Comfort, EcoPro, and EcoPro+ in the 2018 on i3s.

MINI gave outside “Taxi” rides around NYC in the MINI Cooper SE. I got picked up in front of the hotel in Brooklyn at 10 pm for a fun jaunt round the Brooklyn Bridge and into Manhattan. Many times the MINI rep pinpointed the throttle letting me undergo the MINI Cooper SE’therefore instantaneous acceleration.

Since he was doing soI asked him whether there was any torque steer and he stated there wasn’t, even when employing the throttle in a corner. Performance is listed at 7.3 minutes 0-62 mph, but from where I poured it felt much quicker than that. Top Speed is 93 mph.

The spirit of MINI has ever been that they are small tossable hatchbacks. MINI Project Lead, Elena Eder, told me the most significant thing about the new MINI Cooper SE is that it is a MINI through and through. From design, interior and handling, the new MINI Cooper SE had to become a MINI.

Since MINI engineers we able to keep the batteries in the transmission tunnel and under the seat, the interior of the MINI Cooper SE is exactly the identical design as a routine MINI Cooper replete with seating for four, fold-down seats and small but useable hatchback. The electric engine is even tucked neatly under the front bonet.

The all-new MINI Cooper SE will go on get the beginning of 2020 in Europe, it carries a base MSRP of all 32,500 euros.

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