Almost 10 years after MINI E laid the foundations for production-standard battery electric vehicles within the BMW Group, MINI is now offering a window on the future of urban electric mobility- The MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT.
While production version of the MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT will be unveiled in 2019, the MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT will debut at IAA Cars 2017 in Frankfurt. This debut follows the launch of the brand’s first ever electrified production model, the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid earlier in 2017.
Unveiled in 2008, the MINI E was the first all-electric car from the BMW Group. In spring 2017, the BMW Group presented the first ever production plug-in hybrid model in the form of the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid.
“The MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT is a quintessential MINI – compact, agile, simply the perfect companion for everyday driving. At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness,” explained Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
The new MINI Electric concept is instantly recognisable from the front by its hexagonal radiator grille and circular headlights. Identifying features on the exterior include the contrasting silver and yellow colour scheme that is reminiscent of the earlier MINI E, as well as the distinctive E badge.
In addition, the radiator grille and front headlights have been reinterpreted to reflect the emission-free technology under the bonnet. As the electric drive unit does not require any cooling air, the radiator grille is closed for superior aerodynamics.
From the back the new MINI electric concept is still recognisable as a distinctive MINI design, with a side sporty stance. The top section is dominated by clear surfaces, and takes on a far more dynamic aspect the nearer it gets to the road. The rear light assemblies constitute yet another standout visual feature.
The production version of the MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT will be unveiled in 2019.