Petrol Ped has a fascinating look inside the electric MINI Cooper SE in his latest video. It’s part review and (more importantly) part factory tour of the new electric MINI.
As a quick refresher, the front wheel drive electric motor generates 181hp and 199 lb.-ft. of torque enabling the new MINI Cooper SE to go from 0 – 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 93 mph.
Range is one of the more controversial aspects of the electric MINI Cooper SE. MINI takes care to mention that this car is created for urban environments. Designed for cities is also another way of saying the range of this car isn’t Tesla like, but the 110 miles quoted by the EPA isn’t the whole story. In my time with the car, I drove equal parts city and highway, and came away with at least 125 miles of range (on a 60 degree day). And while we’ve seen major differences in the BMW i3 in cold temps, the engineers responsible for the MINI Cooper SE promised me that that large delta doesn’t exist on this car thanks to the newer generation batteries and the way the car manages them.
You can read our written review of the all electric MINI Cooper SE here and watch our first take above. Perhaps even more exciting, you can take your own test drive in late March when they hit US dealerships.