"Plus, striking accents and vivid contrasts give the exterior that distinctive MINI twist", van Hooydonk continued. However, what we know is that the company will launch the all-electric offering in 2019. 450 of these were leased to drivers in the US. "The idea is to make driving fun and from the initial design, our team feels we have achieved what we set out to do". Last week, Ferrari jumped the gun with its new entry-level Portofino.
Last year, MINI revealed it is to build an electric vehicle, and that it will go in to production in 2019.
Though the company is at pains to emphasise that it is still a design study and is therefore appearing in concept form, make no mistake: a full-on production vehicle that will look remarkably similar, will be on sale globally before the end of 2019.
Now there's the MINI Electric Concept which, they claim, remains "quintessentially MINI and sporty". "Mini and electrification make a ideal match", said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. After all, those big air vents up front aren't needed with an electric powertrain.
Stylish Concept Previews Future Electric MINI Model
MINI also turned to 3D printing for certain components on the concept, with the aerodynamic inlays on the wheels and the recessed surfaces in the simulated air intakes all being 3D printed. The lights front and rear have also been redesigned, the rears donning a union jack treatment that looks worryingly production viable.
There's functional aerodynamic bodywork with branding evidence that Mini is planning to reuse the "E" badge as and when it builds a production run of electric hatchbacks. That's why the prospect of a 3-door electric version of the iconic auto is so exciting.
The vehicle is attempting to ameliorate the mistakes of the Mini E released in 2009, which failed to make a major impact in the market. The LED headlights feature a new graphic not seen before. These include the silver and yellow color scheme that's handed down from the Mini E. The Mini E was an early experiment that paved the pay for the BMW i3. Batteries have come a long way since 2009, as have EV expectations, thanks to Tesla.
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