New MINI Electric: specs, prices and on-sale date

On sale now, the new MINI Electric promises 124 miles of range and costs from £24,300

The new MINI Electric is on sale now, with the first customer deliveries expected to take place in March 2020, the manufacturer has confirmed.

Prices will start from £24,300 – after the Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant has been applied – making the MINI a cheaper alternative to the new Honda e.

The MINI Electric promises between 124 and 144 miles of range from its 32.5kWh battery, depending on the size of the wheels added to the car. A 0-80% charge should take 35 minutes from a 50kW fast charger, with an 11kW charger capable of delivering a full top-up in 3.5 hours.

The charging port is located where the fuel filler cap would be on petrol and diesel versions of the MINI hatchback, with Type 2 and CCS sockets provided. However, only a slow-charging, three-pin cable is supplied with the car as standard.

MINI Electric performance

The MINI Electric uses the same 181bhp electric motor as the BMW i3s, with 0-62mph achieved in 7.3 seconds. The top speed is 93mph.

The car weighs 1,360kg, with 200kg accounted for by the battery back. Rather than use the i3's Samsung-supplied cells, the Electric will feature a battery made by Chinese company CATL.

Parent company BMW has confirmed 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.

Styling

The firm’s designers have made sure that onlookers will recognise the Electric as a MINI straight away, with relatively subtle changes marking it out from the petrol and diesel models.

Sitting 15mm higher than normal, the MINI Electric gets a new front bumper – 19mm longer and incorporating greater pedestrian safety – as well as a new, smoother rear bumper. 

The bonnet scoop and grille are just for show, and customers will be given a choice of an ‘Energetic’ yellow stripe or an ‘Invigorate’ grey alternative.

More aerodynamic door mirrors have been borrowed from the MINI Clubman, while a ‘Cooper S' badge features in order to reflect the Electric's power output compared to the MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S range.

As is the case for the rest of the MINI line-up, personalisation – including custom, 3D-printed parts – is available through the MINI Yours service.

Interior

Inside, the 32.5kWh battery is mounted horizontally in the floor. It sits inside the same space occupied by the transmission in internal-combustion-engined MINIs, meaning rear passenger space and boot capacity remain the same.

Yellow trim buttons feature on the dashboard, including a stop-start toggle switch. A new infotainment scroll wheel is introduced, with the manual handbrake ditched in favour of an electronic one.

The most notable change is to the speedometer and rev counter: gone is the analogue setup from other MINIs in favour of an elliptical screen, which displays speed, power and range information to the driver.

Prices and release date

The MINI Electric is priced from £24,300, with the entry-level car getting cloth seats, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay compatibility, cruise control and automatic air-conditioning as standard. Silver and grey are the only exterior paint choices.

Meanwhile, the mid-range trim costs £26,400, adding cloth and leatherette seats, keyless entry, heated seats, a parking camera and MINI logo puddle lights. Black, green and red join the paint options, as do larger alloy wheel options.

The top spec is priced at £30,400, adding ‘Lounge’ leather upholstery, an 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless charging and more colour and wheel choices.

Trim names have not yet been confirmed, while all prices include the Government’s plug-in vehicle grant of £3,500.