Mini has injected some excitement into the world of electric vehicles with their Mini Electric Concept which will make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Although, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an electric Mini, approximately 10 years ago BMW produced a limited number of Mini E vehicles that subsequently laid the foundations for production-standard battery electric vehicles within the BMW Group.
Following the success of the BMW i8 and i3, and the launch of the Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid earlier in 2017, it makes sense for BMW to make a fully electric Mini.
Currently, there aren’t any performance figures I can pass onto you for the Mini Electric Concept, only some words from Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad:
“With its characteristic go-kart feel and powerful electric motor, the Mini Electric Concept is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot. That’s how we at MINI envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world,”
The mini has always been a trendy daily car that’s fun to drive so I envision an electric version of it being very popular.
The design of the Mini Electric Concept is very clean and minimal, while still maintaining the recognisable Mini characteristics we know and love. The car is very stylish and the ‘Reflection Silver’ paint looks stunning. Throughout the design of the car, there is repeated contrast between matt and high-gloss surfaces that give the car a modern feel.
In addition to the exterior design, lots of thought has gone into optimising the aerodynamics of the car to give it a sporty, agile ride. Also, Mini have put a lot of importance on the car being lightweight as this will aid in maximising the vehicle’s electric range.
The production version of the Mini Electric Concept will be unveiled in 2019, so we should have more details nearer to that time.