MINI Electric 2020 Guide
MINI Electric 2020 Guide
It’s finally arrived. 2020 will see the launch of the iconic MINI in electric form. It’s a perfect combination; appealing aesthetics, agile and ‘go-kart’ handling combined with an all-electric powertrain and cheaper running costs. MINI and electric make a great combo, so much so that this isn’t the first electric MINI to hit the road; in 2009 BMW built and leased 600 what was then called the MINI-E. However, this will be the first mass-produced model and one that is set to shake-up the UK’s EV industry, leveraging the incredible popularity of the MINI range.
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Charging a MINI Electric
The MINI Electric comes with a battery size of 32.5kWh and has an official WLTP range of 145 miles. However, it’s worth noting that those estimates are likely to dissolve quickly on a cold winter day.
Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 4.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 31 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £4.55.
The MINI Electric has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the MINI Electric will charge from 0-80% in 36 minutes.
Note: It is worth highlighting here that the MINI has a max DC rate of 50kW, this means if you plugged into a 100kW charger, you would still be charging at 50kW. Its max AC rate is 11kW, again, if you plugged into a 22kW AC charger, the battery will charge at 11kW.
- 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 12 hours for 0-80%
- 7.4kW = 4.4 hours for 0-100%
- 11kW = 3 hours for 0-100%
- 50kW = 36 mins for 0-80%
*Based on WLTP range
**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.
Benefits of owning a MINI Electric
Classified as a BEV, the MINI Electric produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the new MINI qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.
Oh, and you’ll be helping save the planet, in style no less.
What are people saying about the MINI Electric?
The reaction to the MINI Electric has been all-around positive. Following suit to many other manufacturers such as Peugeot and Vauxhall, BMW opted to re-purpose the combustion MINI into electric. As a result of this strategy, the overall appearance of the car is almost indistinguishable from the original models. The electric specific design features are the use of yellow accents, its Corona alloys which resemble a 3-pin plug and its electric logo. With three styling levels to choose from, the MINI is fully customisable, enabling customers purchasing from new to add or remove features they don’t want (such as the yellow accents).
The primary criticism is the available range, which comes in below other comparable compact vehicles such as the Renault Zoe. At a time when the typical range on new EV models is 200 miles at a minimum, the MINI’s 144 mileage appears low and restrictive. However, a larger battery often results in a higher price and heavier load. Instead, BMW built an accessible EV (the MINI Electric is aggressively positioned, priced lower than its ICE equivalent, with the OLEV grant). Furthermore, the average car owner drives less than 50 miles a day, a range the MINI Electric is more than capable of dealing with.
The only other issue (if we’re going to be picky), is the space for back seat passengers. The MINI Electric sits a little higher than its combustion siblings due to its battery, as a result sitting in the back is a little…cosier. Although let’s be honest, no one buys a MINI for its back-seat comfort or boot size.
Ultimately, the MINI Electric makes for a perfect city car, breezing through low-emission zones. If the range is a concern and you own a second vehicle capable of longer distances, the MINI could make a fun and spirited addition for those shorter commutes.