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2023 MINI Cooper SE to be Shorter and Smaller

Mini has just introduced its 2023 Mini Cooper SE, and the manufacturer has played it smart. It has kept what has worked in the older models and only made a few cosmetic changes to the new electric Mini Cooper. However, the one thing that is different about the 2023 Mini is that it’s lighter and slightly shorter than the older models. This does not mean, however, that the interior will be compromised for legroom. The reason is that the new electric Mini Cooper will have wider tracks, which will create more interior space. Furthermore, the widening of the Mini will allow the engineers to fit a larger battery that will permit a range of 114 to 120 miles, which may seem low at first thought, but the car is meant for the city or a daily commute.

THE TOTALLY ELECTRIC MINI

The totally electric 2023 Mini Cooper SE will be assembled in China and supplied with parts by Great Wall Motors. To date, the 2023 Mini is the only totally electric Mini, but the manufacturer states that it does plan to make more EV vehicles by 2030.

The new electric Mini Cooper will be available as a two-door coupe, hatchback, and a convertible.  Like past vehicles, the 2023 Mini Cooper SE will come standard with Apple CarPlay. Other minor changes include a half dozen interior trim choices. In addition, the Mini Resolute Edition special edition package will also be available.

Like all previous models, the rear seating is limited to two people. With a greater width than previous Minis, the SE has a low center of gravity with excellent road traction. The Mini Cooper SE has go-kart-like handling, it is fun to drive, it is zippy on the roads, and it is easy to park. If you want speed, it will easily go from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is quicker than many other smaller EVs. The SE Mini Cooper has two regenerative braking models: one that permits the vehicle to coast like a non EV when the accelerator is lifted and the other more aggressive system that reduces the need to press on the brake pedal. The interior offers many standard features like heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, hands-free passive entry, LED front lighting, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Mini does offer an option for driver assistance technology, like pedestrian detection and forward collision warning.  As far as the battery is concerned, about 80 percent of Mini’s battery can be fast-charged in 35 minutes, and, at home, it may take four hours for a full charge.

MINI RESOLUTE SPECIAL EDITION

The 2023 special edition model will be called the Mini Resolute Edition, and this comes with rebel green paint with mirror caps and a white roof. It will also feature bronze accents on the grille and some exterior trim segments, plus bronze stripes on the hood. Besides the 17-inch wheels, the inside front seats will be sporty, and the steering wheel will be leather-wrapped.

THE COST

The base price for the 2023 Mini Cooper SE is $29.900, plus an $850 destination charge – both amounts unchanged from the previous year. In addition, the Mini will be eligible for a $7,500 Federal EV tax credit. This makes the 2023 Mini one of the most inexpensive EVs on the market today.

Contact Braman Motorcars to learn more about Mini Cooper vehicles at 1-561-666-4791.

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Converting a Classic MINI to Electric

With the price of gas going up, MINI Cooper is head and shoulders ahead of other car manufacturers with its innovations. It is now fitting some of its classic cars with an EV drive train. The reason the company has selected the classic MINIs is that they are typically lightweight, do not have significant complexity in their engines, making them well suited for electric power. If the owner finds that the traditional MINI classic engine is too expensive to maintain or too difficult to operate, they may ask for the EV conversion. Of course, the car has to be shipped back to the factory for electrical conversion to an electric MINI.

The conversion of a classic MINI to an electric MINI is not a novel concept. In 2018, MINI did reveal a MINI that had been swapped with an EV drive train at the New York auto show. The interest from customers was so great that MINI decided to develop a formal program called “the MINI Recharged,” whereby the classic MINI is swapped with an EV drive train.

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

First, you need to ship your classic MINI to the factory. You take it to the dealer, and they ship it for you. At the Oxford MINI Plant factory, a dedicated team is in charge of the conversion. 

The fuel-powered inline-four is then traded for a 90kW electric motor. Next, the central instrument panel is then swapped for a novel panel that will display the selected gear, speed, range, and drive temperature.

The battery can be charged at home or at charging grids and will give you a range of about 99 miles on a charge.

MINI owners do not need to worry as these changes are reversible. The old engine is marked and stored in the event the owner doesn’t like the new EV version. All you have to do is reship the MINI back to the factory. While not much is known about the performance of these converted EV MINIs, the few anecdotal reports online indicate that the owners are happy.

IS THERE A DOWNSIDE TO THESE CONVERSIONS?

First, these conversions are only for MINI owners in the UK. Secondly, MINI has not stated the cost of shipping for this conversion, but anytime a car goes to a factory for major workup, the costs are not minuscule. Third, if the MINI is your only car, you will be left without one for some time. So far, there is no word how long the factory reset takes. And, if you do not like the conversion to the EV, then the whole thing has to be done all over again, and who do you think pays for these costs?

Best advice, if you want an electric MINI, make that decision up front.  It is usually not cost-effective to convert a traditional gas-powered car into an EV later.  To learn more, visit the professionals at Braman Motorcars or call them at 1-561-666-4791 today.  They know all the latest news about MINIs and a myriad of other cars.

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2022 Electric Mini

Like most other automobile manufacturers, Mini Cooper has also decided to go electric. The company has stated that by 2030 most of its vehicles will be electric. The automaker released its first MINI Cooper electric car three years ago but has made many changes to the all-electric 2022 vehicle. Even though the company is partly owned by BMW, it still retains most of its iconic “MINI” features and remains a fun car to drive in the inner cities. But what does the 2022 electric MINI offer?

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The Future of Mini Cooper Electric Cars

If you are looking for the 2022 MINI Cooper electric SE to take you a long distance on a single charge, that’s not going to happen yet. Because MINIs are small cars, the size of the battery is also limited. With a small battery, the mileage offered per charge is also less. The current MINI offers up to 130 miles, which some may argue is low, but the MINI hatchback was never made for long-distance driving. With the small battery, the mileage will be able to get you anywhere in most cities in the U.S. with plenty of battery power to spare. 

The car has ample acceleration that will allow you to zip in and out of congested, narrow streets. It can accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, which is good enough for inner-city driving, where speed is not always of utmost importance.

Under the hood is the typical BMW-designed synchronous compact motor unit with a low-lying battery giving the car a low center of gravity. This design gives the MINI great agility and allows go-kart-like handling ability.

There are four drive modes to select from which include sports, mid (default), green, and green+. Irrespective of the drive mode, however, the SE 3 has abundant zippiness and the ride is comfortable.

The exterior of the 2022 MINI Cooper electric hardtop is not much different than the previous models except for the upgraded rear and front bumpers, compact grill, and a new wheel design. Inside, the SE is most comfortable for the front seat occupants. The 5.5-inch display is not much different but there is a redesigned steering wheel and various instrument signages which provide information on battery charge level, power level, drive mode, etc.

Other features include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Sirius satellite radio, hands-free passive entry, rear-view camera, LED front lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and level 1 and level 2 charging cables.

The 2022 MINI is one of the most affordable EVs on the market with a MINI Cooper electric price of $30K. Granted, it will not take you hundreds of miles on a single charge, but for city driving, it is a superb environmentally conscious car that is fun to drive. It is one of the few cars that is still eligible for a federal rebate that will shave off $7,500 from the MINI Cooper electric price.

To learn more about how to get a MINI of your own, contact Braman Motorcars at 1-561-666-4791 or visit their showroom today.