Mini Electric Concept hints at 2019 production model…
The Mini Electric Concept comes 10 years after the Mini E kickstarted the electric push at BMW (leading to the BMW i3), and it hints at a production model coming in 2019.
THE MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month with BMW saying it will launch a production version of the concept in 2019. The Mini Electric Concept comes shortly after the brand revealed its plug-in hybrid Mini Countryman – its first-ever electrified production model.
“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,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.
“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.
Giving a nod to the Mini E, the Mini Electric Concept is finished in a contrasting silver and yellow colour scheme but is clearly a Mini with its hexagonal radiator grille and circular headlights, although these have been tweaked to give the car a more futuristic appearance.
According to Mini, the exterior of its concept has been carefully designed to improve the vehicle’s slipperiness through the air and thus improve its efficiency. These aerodynamic inlays were made using a 3D printing process and echo the fibreglass structure of the air deflectors. The recessed louvered surfaces in the air intakes were also produced using a 3D printing method.
Mini hasn’t released details on the range of its concept vehicle or what the output is of its electric motors. Expect more information as we get closer to its debut in early September