BMW has revealed the electric Mini in New York, but this electric Mini is a classic Mini complete with an electric powertrain. Perhaps the perfect urban EV?
Update: After a bit of digging we’ve discovered just how petite the electric powertrain of this classic Mini is. Just 38bhp from its electric motor powered by 30 lithium phosphate batteries plonked where the back seats were, and a range of 65 miles. But it still looks a hoot.
The electric MINI arrived in concept guise at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, so it’s not a stretch to think the production version of the electric MINI might put in an appearance at the New York Motor Show. It hasn’t, but a far more appealing electric Mini has.
Presumably because they haven’t got the new MINI EV ready to roll yet, BMW has decided to keep interest alive by delivering a classic Mini complete with an electric powertrain. Trouble is, it looks far more appealing than the new MINI EV ever will.
BMW has restored a classic Mini Cooper (well, a pretty late model ‘Rover’ Mini by the looks of it), finished in a delicious shade of red with white roof and bonnet stripe and with a set of four round driving lights covering the grille.
BMW has fitted the Mini with an electric powertrain – although where they’ve put the batteries is a mystery – and declare the EV powertrain adds a new dimension to the go-kart feel of the classic. Which we’re sure it does.
Annoyingly, BMW has revealed no details whatsoever on exactly what that electric powertrain comprises, but even if it’s modest, which it probably is, it would still make a perfect urban runaround. The shame is, BMW has no plans to deliver even a modest run. Perhaps because it would overshadow the new MINI EV?