Mini Electric to launch in India soon with up to 270 km WLTP range
BMW India is set to be the latest luxury carmaker to head into the EV space. But unlike its competitors who have gone the SUV route, the firm's first EV will be the Mini Electric hatchback. The electric Mini was launched globally in March 2020 and is available as the Mini Cooper SE.
2021 Mini Electric range, charging, performance
Powering the electric Mini is a 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack placed in a T-shaped configuration in the floor. The Mini Cooper SE is about 145 kgs heavier than a similar petrol-powered Mini and carries the same luggage space, only ground clearance is increased by 18mm to accommodate the battery pack. The hatch can be charged via Dc fast-charging up to 50 kW which can add 80 per cent to the battery in 35 minutes or via an 11 kW AC wallbox that can fill the battery in 3.5 hours.
The range is between 235 and 270 km as per the WLTP cycle while the Mini EV is powered by a 187PS and 270 Nm electric motor. This gives the Cooper SE a 0 to 100 kmph time of 7.3s and a 150 kmph top-speed. There are model-specific drive modes: Sport, Mid, Green or Green+ and two levels of regen can be chosen by the driver.
2021 Mini Electric features, styling
The Mini Cooper electric also features certain visual enhancements to differentiate from the standard model. There is yellow highlighting on the closed-off new grille and mirror caps, a new logo and more yellow highlights on the 17-inch model-specific efficiency-focused wheels. Standard equipment includes LED headlamps, 2-zone automatic air conditioning with heat pump technology, auxiliary heating, electric parking brake and navigation. All seen here are model-specific displays and controls.
2021 Mini Electric launch date, expected price
The Mini Electric should launch in India in the next few weeks. The EV will have no real direct competitors in the Indian market and should be priced around Rs 45 lakh ex-showroom.
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