A month ago,BMW
announced that it wouldelectrify all its brands and model lines
, including theMINI
hatchback. A forthcoming full-electric MINI would enter production in 2019, at the Oxford plant; the production line would join a German-built electric drivetrain with a British-built body. BMW notes that this will happen exactly 60 years after the original car hit the streets.
As the 2017Frankfurt Motor Show
is uponus, BMW
has introduced the concept version of the aforementioned electric MINI. The manufacturer says that the color scheme chosen for the concept matches the previous electrified MINI, the experimental MINI E of 2008. That car was produced in a trial run of 600 units, and it provided the carmaker with valuable data as it was developing thei3
model, currently on the market.
The MINI Electric Concept is said to be powered with a lithium-ion battery, but no numerical specification or reachable range have been announced. It will be interesting to see whether the driving fun inherent to MINIs can be translated to anelectric vehicle
structure, as a battery electric vehicle will undoubtedly be markedly heavier than a fossil fuel hatchback. The closed front grille stands as testament for doing without pistons or a need for engine cooling.