Mini’s fun-to-drive cars have earned a loyal following. The all-electric MIni Electric further enhances this experience with all-electric performance. With a price tag of less than $31,000 before incentives, the British company makes it an affordable alternative. The Electric has a 110 mile range, which is a significant drawback. Mini believes that most people will own a second car and that the iconic styling of the hatchback will make up for this shortcoming. Mini will provide a well-appointed cabin, with plenty of circular design cues and generous standard features. Although the Mini Electric 2020 won’t take you very far, it will make you enjoy your journey.
What’s new for 2020?
The all-electric Mini Electric was created in 2020. It shares a lot of the Mini Cooper hardtop, and inherits the BMW i3s’ electric motor. The Electric stickers cost several thousand more than their gas-only counterparts, but that’s before the $7500 federal credit which reduces the starting price to $23,250 ($1000 more than the gas-powered Cooper).
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The Mini Electric is an affordable base model that comes standard with many desirable features. The Mini Electric comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen informationtainment system, Apple CarPlay integration, 16-inch wheels (larger than a car this small), automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control, heated front seats and faux-leather upholstery, LED front lighting and passive entry. It’s an impressive haul for a sleek EV starting at less than $24,000, after the $7500 federal credit.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
Front-wheel-drive Electric’s 181 horsepower electric motor produces 199 lbft of torque and draws power from a 32.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. We were impressed by the electric motor’s acceleration when we tried it out on a Mini Electric prototype. According to the company, the Mini Electric can reach 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds and a top speed at 93 mph. The Mini’s “go-kart handling”, which was evident in our latest drive, confirmed our initial impressions. Two regenerative-braking modes are available on the 2020 Mini Electric. One allows the car’s coast to be similar to a non-EV car, while the other mode allows it to accelerate much more aggressively, almost eliminating the need to use the brake pedal.
The 2020 Mini Electric is capable of driving 110 miles on a single charge. This is significantly less than EVs like the Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf. Mini claims that the car’s battery of 32.6 kWh can be charged to 80 percent in just 35 minutes, or using home AC charging at 7.4kW to charge it to 100 percent in only four hours. To maximize battery life, the hatchback features two-mode regenerative brakes.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
According to the EPA, the 2020 Mini Electric can travel 110 miles after its battery pack has been fully charged. We won’t be in a position to confirm this estimate until we have tested its range in real life.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
A 5.5-inch digital gauge cluster is located in the interior. It displays the current speed of the SE. The cluster displays information such as the current speed, battery charge, driving range, navigation info and other infotainment functions. The cluster shows the available range, charge level, temperature, charging time, and other relevant information while the car is being charged. Mini Electrics will have a dual-zone automatic temperature-control system, heated front seats, as well as a heat-pump that consumes 75 percent less energy than traditional electric heaters for the passenger compartment.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Standard central touchscreen measures 6.5 inches with navigation and Apple CarPlay integration. An optional 8.8 inch screen is available. Mini Electric owners can heat or cool their vehicle using a smartphone app before they climb aboard. You can also get wireless charging and Harman/Kardon sound system on the Mini.