Mini | BMW’s Electric-Vehicle Technology Migrates to Mini Concept

Mini Electric Concept hews close to production version, BMW says.

MUNICH, Germany – Mini previews its plans for an all-electric version of its modern-day Cooper hardtop with the unveiling of the new Mini Electric Concept.

Set for a public airing at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, Mini says the compact new 3-door offers a “window into how pure-electric, day-to-day mobility might look in the years ahead.”

The concept combines many of the classic Mini design elements and proportions used by the third-generation Cooper, together with newly developed cues conceived around the new 4-seater’s battery-powered driveline and the optimization of its aerodynamic properties.

The Mini Electric Concept is meant to provide the first clues to the size and appearance of the BMW Group brand’s first series-production EV due out in 2019.

“The systematic electrification of the brand and product portfolio is a mainstay of the BMW Group’s Number One Next strategy,” BMW Chairman Harald Krüger says, adding, “The Mini Electric Concept offers a preview of the all-electric production vehicle.”

Krüger also has announced plans for an electric version of the BMW X3 as part of a program that will see the BMW Group electrify existing models alongside offerings from its dedicated “i” electric-car brand. He hints at larger EV plans for Mini in coming years, saying, “Mini and electrification make a perfect match.”

Billing its latest concept car as a pure design exercise, Mini withholds details of the Mini Electric Concept’s driveline, power output, battery capacity and chassis set-up, saying only: “The responsive drive system, sublimely judged suspension tuning and use of aerodynamic add-ons produce driving dynamics very much in the Mini mold and a fine operating range.

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