Mini’s Electric Cooper is due to hit Australian showrooms from under $60k.

Mini has revealed pricing for its first electric car – the Mini Electric – which will land in showrooms in Australia this August at $59,900 driveaway.

Mini expects up to 100 units will land in Australia before the end of the year with strong expressions of interest leading up to its on-sale date which begins this week.

While $14k more expensive than the petrol-powered three-door Mini Cooper S it is based on, the Mini Electric (or Cooper SE) is within earshot of other electric hatchbacks (though two doors smaller). Official retail pricing is $54,800 plus on-road costs, which is slightly higher than the Hyundai Ioniq  – $48,490 plus on-roads – and the new Nissan Leaf at $49,990.

Standard equipment includes the choice of two different 17-inch alloy wheel options, leather-appointed trim, digital infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, head up display and, of course, a fully electric drivetrain. The powerhouse is a 32.6kWh lithium-ion battery providing juice to an electric motor that produces 135kW and 270Nm. All in all, that’s enough to move the Mini Electric from a standstill to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds.

Mini claims a maximum driving range of 233km from a full charge on the WLTP testing regime – the average Australian’s commute is 42km per day. Charging back up to 80 per cent capacity takes just 30 minutes when connected to a 50kW DC fast charger; a home plug will take much longer (and a special home wallbox will be somewhere in between).

Available colours for Australia are British Racing Green, White Silver, Midnight Black, and Chili Red.

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  1. What you need to also take into account is that this is the fully speced version, the equivalent of the version 3 in the UK. There is a 7 thousand pound difference between the entry and top spec cars in the UK. A base model here would be at least 10K lower putting it lower than either the ioniq or leaf. This is a premium EV, and probably the first EV hot hatch – well at least in Australia.

    The cooper S retails for 45K on road – add the various packs required to get the same options, and you are looking at well over 5K. This makes the SE less than 10K (more likely closer to 5K) more than the equivalent petrol version. A bargain!

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