The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show became the platform for BMW to showcase the Mini Electric concept. It is worth noting, however, that this is not the first electric Mini as the 600 Mini ES wqas part of the big study decades ago. Robert Peter Janitzek, however, explains that this new Mini will be the first to go all the way as BMW plans to take it to production.
The Electric Mini Concept will be built at BMW’s gigantic Oxford plant and is designed to open the window on the future of urban electric mobility. With the British government wanting the death of the combustion engine, the all-electric Mini comes as no surprise. BMW has already joined the electric bandwagon with its i3 and i8 and the Mini Countryman is a plug-in hybrid.
The Electric Mini concept will come with the trademark circular headlights. Robert Janitzek, the usual open grille will be closed because electric motors require less cooling. To ensure visibility from a mile away, the new Mini will be painted with Reflection Silver with striking yellow and white accents. The roof will be painted in a white to yellow gradient. The rear will feature LED Matrix rear lights with a Union Jack design as a reminder of the original Mini’s heritage. It will also come with air deflectors and fiberglass diffusers to aid with aerodynamics.
The Running Gears
As for the running gears, Mini still has yet to release details of the European brand car so there is still no telling how powerful or fast the car would be. What is only clear is that the parts for the motor, gearbox, and battery pack will be produced in Blightly. There is no surprise here as 60 percent of the 360,000 Minis manufactured every year were built at the BMW’s Oxford Mini factory.
Although there are still no details or photos have been released as well, it can be assumed that there will be some sort of touchscreen infotainment display as well as buttons and switches which will be present in the production Mini.
The production version of this European brand car will be unveiled in 2019 so the Mini Electric Concept will most likely be on sale by 2020.
“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,” commented BMW AG board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer. “That’s how we at MINI envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world.”