With the growing market for electric vehicles, Mini USA announced the Mini Cooper SE, and electric vehicle that should arrive in the United States sometime in 2020.
The new MINI Cooper SE will bring to drivers a 135 kW/(181 hp US) motor, the brand-specific front-wheel drive, and the innovative driving dynamics system with wheel slip limiting close to the actuator, giving the new MINI Cooper SE a particularly intense go-kart feeling. Its model-specific lithium-ion battery enables a range of 235 to 270 kilometers.
The design is based on the MINI 2-door hardtop. The dimensions, design, space and interior ambience are to be based on the conventionally powered vehicle, the development of which already took account of the expansion of the model range to include an electrically powered version.
The new MINI Cooper SE is produced in the brand’s home country. It comes off the production line at the MINI plant in Oxford, UK along with the conventionally powered versions of the model. Its drive technology comes from the BMW Group competence centers for electro mobility in Dingolfing and Landshut.