Mini has debuted the Cooper S E overnight.
The three-door hatch becomes Mini’s first mass-production all-electric car, following the Mini E trialled in 2008 and the well-received Mini Electric concept revealed in 2017.
The Cooper SE (or Electric, as it will be known in the UK) is powered by a single electric motor borrowed from the BMW i3s, producing 135kW of power and 270Nm of torque. Whereas the Bavarian model is rear-wheel-drive, the plucky Brit drives the front wheels.
The British brand claims the SE can sprint from 0-60km/h in 3.9 seconds, hitting 100km/h after 7.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 150km/h.
Electrons for the motor are drawn from a 32.6kWh battery pack, borrowed from the i3 94Ah, which Mini claims can deliver between 235 and 270 kilometres of range on a single charge. It takes 2.5 hours to charge to 80 per cent on an 11kW AC charger, or just 35 minutes on a 50kW DC fast-charger.
Despite the addition of the electric motor and heavy battery, the Cooper SE is only 145kg heavier than a petrol-powered three-door Cooper S. Luggage space remains the same, at 211 litres, though the car’s ride height has had to increase by 18mm to accomodate the lithium cells.
Visually, the SE is nearly identical to standard Minis, with differentiating styling elements consisting of green E badges, a closed-off grille with yellow-green accents, exhaust-less rear bumper and new alloy wheels.
The Mini Cooper SE hits UK dealerships in March 2020, priced from £24,400 (~$44,000) – said to be less than an equivalently specced petrol Cooper S.