At the Frankfurt motor show 2017, the company Mini has presented the concept car is Electric. Name say machine hinted at the first production electric car brand.
And now, two years later, the “green” Mini declassified. At a special event in Rotterdam, the British showed Copper SE. The pilot project was a hatchback Mini E, 11 years ago, and in 2017 went on sale rechargeable hybrid E Cooper S Countryman All4. But the current car has become a truly mass-electric Mini. It’s funny that the English in the press release, Cooper called the SE the world’s first small premium electric car, forgetting about the BMW i3 from its parent company.
The capacity of the traction battery is 32.6 per kWh. For comparison, the BMW i3 is a battery 42.2 kW*h power Reserve Mini reaches 235-270 miles. The electric motor develops 184 HP, and with it the acceleration to hundreds of car needed 7.3 seconds. As is the case with electric cars, the maximum speed is limited to preserve the charge is only 150 km/h.
The manufacturer notes that located under the cabin floor the battery provided a low center of gravity and, as a consequence, a very interesting handling. In order not to lose clearance, the body is elevated relative to the Mini Cooper with the engine of 18 millimeters. Curb weight is 1365 kg, which is only 145 pounds more than the regular hatch with an automatic transmission. And the trunk and did the same by volume.
Mini Cooper SE offers two levels of recovery of braking energy. More intense of them is that you can drive without using the brake pedal. Electrical modifications based on the original graphics of the instrument cluster, sat NAV and LED headlights as standard equipment. In the climate control of the applied heat pump. It is more economical than electric heater.
Collect Elektro-Mini in Oxford will begin in November. Prices yet to be announced.