Electric Mini Cooper SE shows the way to eco mobility

posted on Monday, 20th April 2020 by Chris Jenkins

Eco  Industrial design  Automotive 

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Will the electric vehicle finally come into its own in post lockdown Europe?

With Lisbon designated the Green Capital of Europe 2020, the Portuguese metropolis recently served as the launch pad for the all-electric Mini Cooper SE, not least because the capital now has more than 500 public charging points, making it one of the world’s densest networks for supplying electricity to electric vehicles. The city authority is increasingly committed to local emission-free mobility, with 39 percent of the municipal fleet already made up of electric vehicles.

The new Mini Cooper SE (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined electricity consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) is designed for zero-emission mobility in urban environments.  

Electric Mini SE In Lisbon

Electric Mini SE Night Shot

Electric Mini Engine

Across Europe there is now a network of more than 170,000 public charging points for electric vehicles. Parallel development is seeing battery-cell technology achieving a steady increase in range. As a consequence, the new Mini Cooper SE benefits from specific technology designed into the model in the form of a high-voltage battery located low in the floor of the vehicle and configured to deliver a range of between 235 and 270 kilometres. The car offers exactly the same space for passengers and baggage as the conventionally powered MINI 3-door automobile.

Meanwhile, the driving fun offered in the new Mini Cooper SE is absolutely unique, delivered by an electric motor packing 135 kW/184 hp and generating spontaneous development of power. It can accelerate from zero to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds and sprints to 100 km/h in just 7.3 seconds. And there’s no delay when the high-voltage battery is being charged up. The charger for the new Mini Cooper SE allows direct-current quick-charging stations to be used along with a refresher of the energy reserves with power of up to 50 kW. This means that the high-voltage battery can be charged to 80 percent of total capacity within just 35 minutes.

If a more conventional power plant is more your style, Mini has also launched the sporty Mini John Cooper Works edition. Limited to a run of just 3000, and hailed as the fastest Mini ever, the car is available in any colour you like, as long as it’s Racing Grey metallic.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is the Editor of Arts & Collections, and a freelance technology and industry journalist...

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