BMW announced last month that it would be expanding its effort to create more electric vehicles by introducing an electric-powered Mini.
Mini has now revealed its first all electric car the ‘Mini Electric Concept’ which will make its full world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 in September.
The new Mini is based on the standard three-door model in the company’s current range.
Along with the electric-power the new Concept also gets new technologies and customisation options.
“The systematic electrification of the brand and product portfolio is a mainstay of the BMW Group’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy.
“The MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle.
“MINI and electrification make a perfect match,” remarked Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.
BMW claims the car will be “quick off the mark with a precision-tuned suspension” and will have the dynamic character of a standard Mini on the road.
“With its characteristic go-kart feel 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.
“That’s how we at MINI envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad.
The car’s design is unmistakably Mini with the grille shape, circular headlights and retro character.
BMW has however given the car a contrasting silver and yellow colour scheme and tweaked both he headlights and the grille to signify the car ebbing an electric vehicle.
The grille has therefore been closed, to improve aerodynamic efficiency and yellow ‘E’ badges are dotted around the vehicle.
New 19-inch alloy wheels have also been made for the EV as have the rear lights, which feature a union jack deisgn.
Mini Electric Concept will be powered by a lithium-ion battery but power specs, range and efficiency specs have yet to be disclosed.
The introduction of the Mini follows the launch of the company’s first hybrid model the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid which went on sale earlier this year.
A production version of the car will go on sale in 2019.
It will be manufacturered at the company’s plant in Oxford and will go on sale in 2019.