BMW Group announced last month that it will expand its model range to electric powered vehicles and has now unveiled its first all electric Mini model. The Mini's pure-electric Concept was showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and is based on the Mini 3 Door. The Mini Electric Concept is an emission-free vehicle that gets new technologies and a host of customisation options. The first pure electrically powered vehicle by the German marque will be manufactured at large scale at the company's plant in Oxford and will go on sale in 2019.
Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said, “The systematic electrification of the brand and product portfolio is a mainstay of the BMW Group’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. The MINI Electric Concept offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle. MINI and electrification make a perfect match.”
The Mini Electric Concept has a sporty and compact design that is suitable for everyday driving. The electric car also gets striking accents and contrasting silver and yellow colour scheme on the hexagonal grille, ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), on the sides and roof. The contrast paint scheme, in fact, resembles the Mini E that was showcased in 2008.
Other exterior highlights of the Mini Electric Concept include circular headlamp cluster with asymmetric design LED lights. The Mini Electric Concept also gets an E badge, daytime running lamps and 19-inch wheels.
“With its characteristic go-kart feeling and powerful electric motor, the MINI Electric Concept is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot. That’s how we at MINI envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG.
Power on the Mini Electric Concept comes from a lithium-ion battery. The electric motor does not require air to cool, hence the carmaker has been able to close the front grille of the Concept in order to improve the aerodynamics of the car. Mini has also equipped the car with fibre glass parts that will reduce aerodynamic drag.