BMW will present an all-electric version of its iconic Mini at the upcoming IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt. Designed for urban areas, the concept car will offer a glimpse into the future of electric mobility.
Just one week after Volkswagen revealed that its classic 1960s minivan will go all-electric by 2022, BMW has announced that the Mini Cooper – an icon of 1960s British popular culture – will be available in a pure-electric version in 2019.
“The Mini Electric Concept offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle,” said Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW. “Mini and electrification make a perfect match.”
The Mini Electric Concept is designed to be a zero-emission solution to the current challenges facing personal mobility in our cities and their surroundings.
“With its characteristic go-kart feeling and powerful electric motor, the Mini Electric Concept is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management of BMW. “That’s how we at Mini envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world.”
The concept vehicle is compact, agile and sporty, with good aerodynamics and a lightweight design that help maximize electric range. It uses all-LED headlights and features aerodynamic inlays in wheels made using a 3D printing process. The recessed louvred surfaces in the simulated air intakes were also producing using 3D printing.
Mini has been toying around with an all-electric version since 2008, when it launched 600 electric Mini E cars worldwide for the purpose of a field studies. The insights gained over the past nine years were incorporated into the development of BMW’s electric i3.
In spring 2017, the British premium brand presented its first series-production model with a plug-in hybrid drive, the Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The new all-electric Mini Electric Concept “represents a seamless continuation of this bloodline”.
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