Mini has debuted the Cooper S E overnight.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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