MINI is moving full-steam ahead in the direction of emission-free motoring without losing its famous handling and performance. The new MINI Cooper SE all-electric hatchback is said to be the cheapest electric car in SA, starting at just R 642 000!
The new Cooper SE is based on the 3-door MINI design, coupled with the lighter electric engine, it makes the power to weight ratio just right to make this fun hatchback corner like it’s on rails. Along with the incredible handling comes an almost noise-free driving experience, where your stellar Harman Kardon sound system is all you’ll hear.
The all-electric MINI can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in only 7.3 seconds, with the lithium-ion battery reaching a claimed maximum speed of 150 kph. You can almost entirely drive this MINI with only one pedal, meaning that when you lift your foot off the power, it lets the MINI slow down quicker than its petrol competitors.
The fastest way to recharge your Cooper SE is by plugging it in at any public charging station (with a Mode 3 cable), where the battery can be charged to 80% capacity in only 35 minutes through fast-direct charging.
However, you don’t need a complex installation or unit to charge it at home. All you have to do is plug it into any standard household power socket… Surveys show that an average commuter will use less than 20% of the all-electric MINI’s battery charge per day during urban driving. Even when charging the Cooper SE at a normal domestic electric socket (suing the charging cable and adapter, which is supplied as standard), 20% is charged in approximately only 3 hours.
Meanwhile, Cooper SE owners have the option of installing a MINI Wallbox to optimise the home-charging experience. A dedicated, 3-phase 11 kW wallbox connection should give users a faster charging time (by up to 3 times), which means the car would be 100% recharged in about 3.5 hours.
The Cooper SE’s electric motor produces 135kW and 270Nm, and the vehicle’s 12 lithium ion batteries allow a range of 217km between charges, according to MINI.
As I’m sure everyone wants to know, yes, unfortunately, the Copper SE’s luggage space is similar to that of the conventional 3-door… namely 211 litres only.
But, let’s face it, you don’t buy this car to pack it full of ‘stuff’. You buy this car because it’s like a go-kart on steroids!
Happy, clear-conscience, motoring!