New MINI Electric 2019: specs, price and on-sale date

The MINI is a great city car and electric cars are great city cars – so an electric MINI should make a lot of sense. We’ll see in 2019

The electric version of the MINI is expected to appear in 2019 and should be very similar to the concept from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

In fact, the company has already shown off a few teaser images that confirm some of that car's details – most notably the grille and wheels – will be carried over pretty much unchanged.

That sums up the forthcoming electric MINI: like every other MINI, but a bit different.

MINI Electric styling

We’re yet to see what the production car will look like, but we know it'll look similar to the concept that was revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Show. That was very obviously a MINI, but with a few different details that mark it out as an electric car.

It’s a similar principle to the way that, say, a Cooper S stands out from a One. So, the details you’ll notice on this zero-emission MINI are the yellow parts, particularly on the grille and wheels. The grille is also different, because it's closed off and comes with a yellow ‘E’ badge.

The company has already confirmed that these two elements will make it onto the production car, but it’s yet to be seen whether the further yellow details on the mirrors, doors and roof will also be available on the finished article. 

However, as we understand it, the electric MINI will be available only as a three-door hatchback. There are currently no plans to sell it with the larger, five-door body.

Powertrain

One of the many things yet to be announced about the MINI Electric is what'll power it. All that parent company BMW has confirmed is that the drivetrain will be made at the company’s plants in Germany before being shipped to Oxford, where the MINI Electric will be built.

That would support the theory that the electric MINI will use a very similar setup to the BMW i3. Our best guess at the moment is that the electric MINI will have the relatively new 42kWh battery.

This should give the car a range of the best part of 200 miles and a 0-62mph time of less than seven seconds – which should be quick enough to exploit and enjoy the MINI’s legendary sporty handling and ‘go-kart’ feel.

Price and release date

Again, MINI has yet to give any indication of how much the MINI Electric will cost. But, looking at the price of the i3 and the difference between the standard MINI Countryman and the plug-in hybrid, we expect the MINI Electric will cost something near £30,000. However, as it’s a zero-emissions vehicle, it will be eligible for the Government’s plug-in car grant of £3,500.