There are test cars that are remembered for a long time. The Giulia from Alfa Romeo is one of them, and so is the Mini Cooper SE. The latter drove in such a courageous, handy and agile manner that one quickly succumbed to its charm. So it’s no wonder that every third Mini has a battery-electric drive installed. It is astonishing that so far it has only been available in one body. BMW is now showing a convertible with this electric drive, albeit as a one-off. The delightful connection is just a foretaste.
Because the one-off show, reveals BMW, the “transformation of the Mini brand to electromobility”. Technically, the conversion is anything but spectacular. BMW has already integrated established components into the convertible structure. The prototype therefore remains at 135 kW motor power and almost 29 kWh energy content in the accumulator. They should accelerate the open Mini to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and enable a range of up to 230 km.
Production model should follow
What is more exciting is that the Mini brand should also be present in the convertible segment after the transformation to e-mobility. It is therefore likely that the successor to the current Mini, which is likely to be launched next year, will not only be open again, but also with a battery-electric drive.
A moderate increase in performance can be expected, but the battery will have significantly more storage capacity. Anything below 50 kWh and 100 kW charging capacity would be surprising. From this point of view it is a pity that the current Mini Cabrio was never available with an electric drive, but at least the study gives hopeful prospects.
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BMW indicates it in this picture: The mini convertible with battery-electric drive will remain a one-off.
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