Mini reveals electric car design 30 | 08 | 2017

    MINI HAS REVEALED an all-electric concept ahead of its official unveiling at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The car, which will be built at BMW’s plant in Oxford — and incorporate the German-built powertrain —  is scheduled to arrive in full production mode at Scottish dealerships in two years. (Related: New Mini dealership for Scotland)

    The concept, which is based on the current Mini hatch, boasts a number of unique design tweaks drawing attention to the all-electric powertrain lurking under the skin.


    As you would expect, the production version will be a toned down version of the concept, but it does give s strong indication of the production car’s looks. (Related: Electric Mini to be built in the UK)

    Mini bosses have stated they intend the electric Mini to have a sporty look, which is a pointed move away from the rather staid design cues of the majority of current electric vehicles.


    The concept — which does not include an interior — is fitted with an hexagonal grille which has been filled in to highlight the car’s electric credentials. Designers have used a yellow accent bar with the firm’s ‘E’ badge to emphasise width. The headlights also incorporate a conceptual interpretation of the firm’s E electric mobility badge.


    The principles of a smooth, de-cluttered surface continue to the tailgate, alongside taillights boasting union flag motifs. The four-spoke alloys get a retro-look, but they’ve been maximised for aerodynamics. They’re also partially constructed using 3D printing technology.


    Mini has given no technical details of the powerplant which might be fitted to the concept. It’s fair to assume though that — just 24-hours after BMW released details of its latest i3 and i3s — the electric Mini will use technology from the i3 range. (Related: BMW reveals hot new i3s)

    That would then mean the Mini EV would have a range of around 190 miles, cover 0-62mph in about 7.5secs and be fitted with DC rapid charging compatibility.


    Mini has been working on an electric version for a number of years. In 2009 the BMW Group launched trials of the Mini E, which was a demonstration EV based on a converted MINI Cooper. Though it never went on sale, it’s clear it helped pave the way for the BMW i3.


    “The Mini Electric Concept is a quintessential Mini,” Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW Group Design, said, “compact, agile, simply the perfect companion for everyday driving. At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness.


    “Aerodynamics and lightweight design aren’t just important in the world of motorsport; they are also essential factors for maximising the electric range.

    “The surfaces furthermore have a sense of precision and contemporary clarity about them that gives added impact to the car’s efficient character. In addition to this, the striking accents and vivid contrasts give the exterior that distinctive Mini twist.”

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    Jim McGill


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