Mini discloses full specs of its first EV
With the detailing below, the Mini Cooper SE for Europe is no longer a dark horse. Let us begin with the most controversial part: the driving range.
EPA – the United States Environmental Protection Agency – has rated the all-electric car for only 177 kilometers (110 miles) of range. This means that the Mini consumes 194 watt-hours per kilometer – slightly more than the BMW i3s. Both cars share the same electric motor model rated at 184 hp (137 kW). The BMW i3s has a larger battery (total: 42.2 kWh, measured useful capacity: 37.9 kWh). The Mini Cooper SE has 32.6 kWh on paper and only 28.9 kWh in real use conditions.
This runs afoul of the manufacturer’s own range estimations for the Cooper SE, which lie in the area of 235 – 270 kilometers (146 – 168 miles). The EPA is generally considered a more precise measurement standard than the one used by Mini, though.
As long as you use the manufacturer-supplied 11kW charging device, charging the Cooper SE from zero to 80% will take 2.5 hours and to 100% 3.5 hours. Using a dedicated 50-kW charging station will reduce the full charging time to just 1.4 hours (whatever the four-tenths on an hour is supposed to mean).
The urban EV needs 3.9 seconds to hit 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and 7.3 seconds to get to 100 km/h (62 mph). It maxes out as early as 150 km/h (93 mph).
In Great Britain, the Mini Cooper SE will enter retail priced from £24,400 if you subtract the £3,500 government subsidy. In Germany, it will cost €32,500 and above.
Editor Andrew Raspopov
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