Details of the new electric Mini Cooper SE have been revealed at a press conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its battery allows for a range of 235 kilometres and it can be recharged in 35 minutes time.
It can accelerate from zero to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds and from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. Over 40,000 customers have already registered their interest in the car.
The British brand – which is owned by BMW – says owners can share the use of their MINI with family members, friends or other people by means of a smartphone which allows him or her to unlock and start the car.
It will go into serial production at the British plant in Oxford as of November 2019.
Speaking at the press conference, Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG Customer, Brands, Sales, said: “Our new MINI Electric demonstrates how emotional and how much fun e-mobility can be. True to the MINI brand, it is the perfect car for urban areas. The fantastic customer response shows that many people have been waiting for this great new car!”
He added: “We are thrilled to already have over 40,000 customers who have registered their interest in the MINI Electric. So, you’d better be quick if you want one!”
Bernd Koerber, Senior Vice President, MINI, stated: “A new chapter in the history of MINI begins today. I am very excited to share this moment for the future of the brand with you. The last 60 years, MINI has shaped individual mobility in the urban environment. With unconventional and pioneering concepts that we owe to the nonconformists and lateral thinkers in our design and development departments, and who make driving in a MINI an emotional experience.”
The Mini Cooper SE will go into production 60 years since the very first Mini was launched.