MINI Electric range, battery & charging

A relatively modest 140-mile range may put some buyers off, but think about how much you really need before discounting the MINI completely

MINI Electric
Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Fast charge time
140 miles 32.5kWh 4hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 28mins (10-80%, 50kW)

MINI Electric range

The MINI Electric is only available with a 32.5kWh battery, with a usable capacity of 28.9kWh. There's no option of a longer-range version and MINI has no plans to add a bigger battery at a later stage. That means – depending on trim level – your MINI Electric will do between 140 and 145 miles on a single charge in a best-case scenario. You can expect roughly 120 miles in everyday driving, or 100 in colder weather. Faster driving will also reduce the available range; motorway stints will see the charge level plummet.

Whichever way you look at it, that’s not particularly competitive with bigger-battery rivals like the Peugeot e-208 or Renault ZOE. The latter will do almost 250 miles before needing a top-up, for example. Still, if you’ve regular access to a charging point, either at work or overnight at home, the MINI’s modest range is enough to comfortably cover a daily commute.

Charge time

On the surface, the MINI Electric’s charging times appear quite fast. However, that’s partly due to the small battery, which inevitably doesn’t take long to top up from empty. The MINI’s maximum charge rate from a standard charger is 11kW – to charge faster than this, you’ll need to use a public CCS point, which allows for up to 50kW. MINI says a 0-80% charge from these faster 50kW chargers takes just 35 minutes, although a more realistic 10 to 80% charge from the same source takes 28 minutes. Things slow dramatically when you hit 80%, though; topping up to full capacity will take another hour.

Slower charging through an 11kW wallbox from 10-80% takes just over three hours, while the same charge from a slower 7kW wallbox takes four hours and 45 minutes. If you only have access to a standard domestic three-pin plug, a 10-80% charge takes 15 hours – but even that'll be feasible for most drivers if you’re prepared to trickle-charge overnight. Whichever way you charge, a full battery will return more than 100 miles of range. MINI includes a charging cable for household socket, but a wallbox charging lead, which can also be used at public charging stations, is optional.