Mini has proven that they can make an electric convertible. Say hello to the Mini Cooper SE. The automaker will be taking this one-off (sadly it's not for sale) vehicle on a little road trip in the US to showcase its tech and features while heading to their community event “Mini Takes The States”.
This unique EV is based on the body of the Mini Cooper S convertible. They share the same dimensions - 3,863 mm in length, 1,727 mm in width, and 2,495 mm in height. Both have a wheelbase of 2,495 mm and the same load volume size of 1,601 in the luggage compartment. This electrified cabriolet will still have that signature Mini go-kart feel while it tackles the winding roads from Burlington, Vermont to Greenville-Spartanburg in South Carolina.
The highlight of the little car is its 135 kW electric motor which pumps out 184 PS. It can go from 0 - 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and will have an estimated range of 230 kilometers. With the same driving components as the non-electric version, a harmonious axle load distribution is one of the features which make the vehicle easy to handle.
Mini has also started to create a network for electric charging on the road and build enthusiasm toward sustainable driving. With the Cooper SE, they plan to make one out of every three Minis electric. Customers will also have access to 250,000 charging points, one of the larger public charging networks in the EU as well.
With this campaign, Mini is hoping this one-off EV will appeal to their ever-growing fan base and to those who have become more environment-conscious, but still want to feel the wind blowing through their hair. This will also highlight the company’s thrust toward sustainability, transparency, and comprehensibility when it comes to lowering its carbon footprint. As the company transitions to electrified vehicles, it looks like they are on track to hit their 2040 mandate of net-zero emissions.