2020 Mini Electric revealed – everything you need to know | What Car?

2020 Mini Electric revealed – everything you need to know | What Car?


This is the all-new, all-electric Mini hatchback,
featuring a high-tech interior, a 144-mile range and an eye-catching price. It’s due
to arrive in the UK in March next year – and this is everything you need to know about
it. Before we get started, make sure you subscribe
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straight away, without the need for any haggling. You can trace the development of this electric
Mini all the way back to 2009, when a very small fleet of electric Minis were trialled
across selected areas of the UK and a few other countries. The Mini E helped BMW gather information on
people’s EV driving habits and needs, and after a lengthy gap, the Mini Electric concept
car was revealed in 2017. Now, we’ve finally got full details on the
production version of that car. You can see that the styling has been toned down from
the concept car and, well, it looks like a three-door Mini doesn’t it. The stand-out change at the front is the grille,
which is a blanked-out grey and yellow design that adds 17mm to the length of the car as
a result of pedestrian safety regulations. The brighter hue, which is dubbed Energetic
Yellow, is optional and can be added to the grille, door mirror caps and wheels. Also new is a very slightly different front
bumper design with a splitter element, while the rear bumper is different because it no
longer needs to accommodate an exhaust. The distinctive wheels have been designed
to look like a British plug socket – but don’t worry, if that isn’t your thing then a variety
of more conventional designs are also available. The charging ports are located where the fuel
filler cap would otherwise be. The Mini Electric also sits 15mm higher than
the combustion-engined model to allow clearance for the battery pack. Designers have extended
the plastic wheel arch cladding to compensate for that. But which electric car would you buy? The
Mini Electric, Honda E, Tesla Model 3, or Renault Zoe – let us know by voting in our
poll. Inside, the changes are similarly subtle.
A new digital dial display is available for the first time on a Mini. It displays the
car’s speed, range, power reserve and charging status – but the displays aren’t configurable.
The rest of the Mini lineup will receive this tech next year. There’s also an electric handbrake for the
first time in a three-door Mini, but the only other differences are a new toggle switch
for the multi-level brake regeneration system and yellow cabin detailing. Speaking of which, the Mini Electric is based
on the old BMW i3, and uses that car’s 33kWh battery pack and 181bhp electric motor. The
i3 sends its power to the rear wheels, but the Mini Electric is front-wheel drive only.
On the WLTP test cycle it managed 144 miles between charges – more than the upcoming Honda
E, which can cover 125 miles, but less than the new Vauxhall Corsa-e, which promises 211
miles. The Mini Electric will do a 0-62mph sprint
in 7.3sec, and its top speed is limited to 92mph. Charging from 0-80% takes 35 minutes
using the sort of public charger you’ll find at a motorway service station, or 2 and a half hours from a wall box. But if you’re feeling a bit underwhelmed
by the look of the Mini Electric, the manufacturer claims the design changes are deliberately
undramatic – partly to keep traditional Mini customers on side, but also to help keep the
cost down. Which brings us to the car’s main headline
news: its price. It starts from £24,400 including the UK governments plug-in grant
of £3500 – which is less than an equivalent level petrol Cooper S. It’s also substantially
less than the Honda E which is set to be priced around £30,000, and is competitive against
the Renault Zoe – our current favourite electric car for under £30,000. The Mini Electric will be available in three
different trims – all yet to be named – with sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED lights
and cruise control as standard. The Mini Electric will make its public debut
at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with production commending in November at
Mini’s Oxford plant. Volume-selling EV markets like China and the US will be prioritised
for deliveries, so you can expect the Mini Electric on UK roads in March 2020. Please make sure you’re subscribed to our
channel – because we have many more new videos coming up and you can make sure they are all
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54 Comments

  1. Which electric car would you buy? The Mini Electric, Honda E, Tesla Model 3, or the Renault Zoe
    Vote in our poll at 1:57 to let us know

  2. WHY ?? Why do EV's have to have ugly styling details..?? Honda E excluded imo… (ah ok those side "mirrors" are …)

  3. 144 mile range does not cut it. Kia and Huyundai have much better range yet you do not mention them. Why?

  4. still far to expensive for most people to buy and in the real world cant see you getting 140 miles on a charge.

  5. Feels like a lazy effort – what’s the point in the concept when the reality is that it looks like the current mini….only duller.

  6. Only 144-mi range? Why can't the Germans match Tesla's efficiency and range? They refuse to build any cars that are as quick, or able to go as far or charge as fast as Tesla's cars.

    This is what you call cheaply making an EV. BMW might as well kill off MINI. Ever since they came out with the F56 in 2013, sales have tanked in the US, and growth worldwide has retreated as nobody likes the hideous styling. This electric mini is a joke. BMW doesn't get it. People want electric cars, just not electric cars that have low range, slow recharging and many compromises for it not being on a dedicated EV chassis.

  7. £24K for a plug in battery car! Ok, so its 16K cheaper than the ridiculous BMW i3.
    Lithium cadmium batteries are a bad idea as both elements are rapidly increasing in price as demand outstrips supply. The future is hydrogen, either in a combustion engine or fuel cell.
    And can they lose the central dinner plate display. It was loathsome in the 1959 Mini. I had a 1961 Morris mini super delux (heater as standard!).

  8. Concept was stunning, this is just boring and already looks old and out of date. So disappointed. Poor range and really only a town car. Waited ages for this as well.

  9. I think BMW/Mini should have tried to make a newer version instead of recycling the i3. 200 miles plus would have made it a very tempting car indeed. Id still have one but Id have to work from home – win win!

  10. You lost me at 144 mile range, needs to be at least double that….. and that is a theoretical maximum, use of lights, heater etc will reduce that even further

  11. Massive boring miss. I'd have bought the concept if the performance was right) but this is completely boring.

  12. Battery capacity too small. Zoe a better car. Tesla model 3 is a different type of car, so unfair comparison.

  13. This is slightly off topic but it does bug me.
    Why do manufacturers tend to make promotion videos/commercials aimed at the UK market in the US?!
    The car has a UK plate on US streets!
    If the car had no plates and the video was shown worldwide then that would be fair enough.
    Its the little things Lol

  14. based on the bmw i3 why have they put the motor in the front with front wheel drive that is a step backwards a new ev with old looks and old range … The Mini Electric, Honda E, Tesla Model 3, or the Renault Zoe….. which would i pick obviously the Tesla which is better in all areas…

  15. The mini is ok but was hoping for more range. I like the Honda with its camera mirrors and high-tech interior.

  16. Absolute madness that they didn't give this car more range. Not every Mini driver lives in the city for crying out loud.

  17. If they're basing it on the i3, why are they using the obsolete battery pack? Current i3 is 42kWh with 200 mile range!

  18. Okay, let's make it short: it's too expensive, the range is a joke and they could have built it 5 years ago. Next please!

  19. I would pick the Corsa E for the good looking exterior. Not so fast at the end I would buy the Mini E just because of the lighting interior. It is beautiful and so inviting. I wish they do like that to the BMW 3 Series or the Future BMW X1.

  20. Is range important ….. yes it's is….. 500 mile range in the uk and petrol/diesel cars would be finished … and good riddance

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