MINI at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

MINI will be bringing its recent MINI Electric concept to the LA Auto Show late this month along side it’s full suite of products. Not making the trip across the Atlantic is the JCW GP concept.

The MINI electric concept is a design study to both create anticipation for the elelctric MINI and gauge reactions to a preview of MINI’s refined design language. But make no mistake an electric MINI is coming in late 2019. Rumor has it that MINI is working on a range of “at least” 250 miles. According to sources BMW is looking to use Samsung’s Low Height Pack 125-Ah cells to make this happen.

Perhaps more important we expect BMW and MINI to adopt 150kW charging which would allow for a dramatically quicker charge than an existing i3 (or equivalent electric vehicle) when paired with quick charge stations. This last point could go a long way in making the electric MINI a more viable option than other electric cars for many of us who need more than a electric vehicle to commute in.