“We’ve always been quite clear that we don’t want this to be a boring car. Anyone could bring an electric car to market, but it’s got to drive right, it’s got to fit right with the brand, and I’m quite confident this will.” – Steve Roberts, MINI’s head of corporate and used cars
Roberts is speaking of the eagerly anticipated all electric MINI. Due to take over the streets in 2019, this MINI is guaranteed to be a lean, green, fun machine.
MINI Concept Cars to Become a Reality
What do we know about the all electric MINI? It’s expected to be similar to MINI concept cars that debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July of this year. It’ll blend performance and sustainability beautifully, and as Roberts says, “We want people to get out and have a smile on their faces after driving that car with the typical go-kart dynamics.”
MINI has held off introducing an all electric model until technology had advanced to the point where they could offer an eco-conscious ride without sacrificing their distinctive, and beloved, driving style. This model will also deliver great range, enabling drivers to hit the road with confidence. While BMW is mum on specifics, a 300 mile range seems likely.
BMW will build the electric drivetrain at its e-mobility center in Bavaria and then finish assembly at its UK plant. It looks like the all electric MINI will be a three-door hardtop. Beyond that, specs are scarce at this point.
What we do know is that we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the all electric MINI. It’ll deliver that fun, quirky appeal we all know and love with what we expect to be industry-leading electric technology.