The all-electric Mini Cooper was once just a demonstration car and a dream for EV fans, but now it’s a car people will actually be able to buy, with truly competitive range and a ground-up purely electric drivetrain. The new Mini Cooper SE is the brand’s first purely electric small car, with a range of between 235 and 270 kilometres (146 to 168 miles) and a fast-charing possible at up to 50 kW.
The Cooper SE can also manage zero to 60 acceleration in just over 7 seconds, and has an engine under the hood that’s capable of delivering the equivalent of up to 181 HP. You’ll get that instant acceleration which is a natural benefit of all-electric engines, and really a really quick jump off the line to 37 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Of course, these performance numbers don’t match up to something like the Tesla Model S (or even the Model 3 for that matter) and the range likewise isn’t quite on par, which may be its biggest challenge. But the classic 3-door Mini Cooper design is a draw in itself, and the pricing on the vehicle is around $36,400 U.S. when converted from the 32,500 Euro starting cost, which could make it attractive for buyers at the entry-level of the luxury scale.