MINI’s first ever electric Countryman is here and it’s a big deal for the brand. Not just because it’s the biggest MINI ever, but it’s also the brand’s first EV that combines the popular crossover shape with full electrification. But what about range, charging speed, battery capacity and cold weather performance? We’ve got an exclusive look at a few surprising details you’ll want to know.

For most of this article we’ll be focusing on the Countryman SE given its global availability.

Despite its size, the larger Countryman SE has an increase of range over the F56 Cooper SE thanks to the higher capacity 66.5 kWh battery pack, a more efficient drivetrain design and a 0.26 drag coefficient. The effect is a UK range of 245 to 287 miles depending on how much urban vs. highway driving you’re doing. In the US that is estimated to be to be just over 200 miles of EPA range.

Countryman ECountryman SEMINI Cooper EMINI Cooper SEMINI Aceman EMINI Aceman SE
Power204 hp313 hp184 bhp218 hp184 bhp218 hp
Battery Size66.5 kWh66.5 kWh42.5 kWh 54.2 kWh 42.5 kWh 54.2 kWh 
Usable Battery63.78 kWh63.78 kWh38.5 kWh 49.2 kWh 38.5 kWh 49.2 kWh 
WLTP Range – Europe273 miles261 miles190 miles250 miles193 miles254 miles
EPA Range – United States (estimated)213 miles204 miles148 miles195 miles151 miles198 miles
The SE will be the only model confirmed for North America

With either set of numbers it’s clear that the Countryman SE will be a much more viable choice than the first generation Cooper SE with its 114-mile range (EPA) – the only other electric MINI previously available in the US. For markets outside of North America, MINI will offer two other fully electric cars: the J01 Cooper and J05 Aceman crossover. Due to both being exclusively manufactured in China initially, the North American market will have to wait until 2026 when production will expand to the UK.

The battery capacity in the electric MINI Countryman E and SE is 66.5 kWh with the usable size being 63.78 kWh. The 400v system allows an AC charging speed of 11kW and a DC charging speed of 130kW. In ideal scenarios (charging at 130kW) the electric Countryman SE can get from 5-80% in only 29min. In miles that’s roughly 23 to 184 miles in normal operating temperatures. While we didn’t need to charge our test car (our time was limited to a few hundred miles) that type of charging speed sounds fantastic. However, the ability to recharge the Countryman SE quickly will be more dependent on the charging network than the car itself.

The MINI Countryman SE: Real-World Range Scenarios

It’s no secret that EVs like moderate temperatures. We’ve seen range drop significantly in extreme cold over the years. But what many don’t know is that even slightly cold temperatures can noticeably affect how far your batteries will take you.

The data below shows you the range you can expect across summer and winter driving and the effects are obvious. These numbers (based on European WLTP testing) paint a more realistic view of what it would be like to live with a Countryman SE than a single range rating.

Naturally, the best case scenario for range is moderate temperatures and urban driving. The worst is to drive the Countryman SE on the highway in -14°F temperatures. You can see below that the Countryman SE could see as much as a 50% drop from its 332-mile range it could theoretically achieve in ideal temperatures. This is why it’s difficult to understand the full range scenarios from one figure as is typically listed.

Mild Weather ScenariosRange Estimates
City – Mild Weather *535 km / 332 miles
Highway – Mild Weather *340 km / 211 miles
Combined – Mild Weather *420 km / 261 miles
Cold Weather ScenariosRange Estimates
City – Cold Weather *360 km / 224 miles
Highway – Cold Weather *265 km / 165 miles
Combined – Cold Weather *310 km / 192 miles
Indication of real-world range in several situations. Cold weather: ‘worst-case’ based on -10°C / -14°F and use of heating. Mild weather: ‘best-case’ based on 23°C / 73°F and no use of A/C. For ‘Highway’ figures a constant speed of 110 km/h is assumed. The actual range will depend on speed, style of driving, weather and route conditions. Data provided by
While this is the BMW iX1, it has an identical battery and electric engine to the Countryman SE

2025 MINI Countryman Electric Charging Speed

Charging speed is as critical if not more so than range depending on your situation. The electric Countryman SE supports DC fast charging at up to 130kW. This allows for a charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in only 29 minutes. While we don’t have US-specific data, we do have European data on charging speeds which should give you an idea of what we’ll see with the electric MINI Countryman SE.

One important note: the 11kW on-board charger referenced above requires 3-phase AC to achieve that power level. Due to infrastructure in North America, it will be 7.4kW just like the F56 MINI Cooper SE.

Charging PointMax. PowerPowerTimeRate
Standard 11.0 kW On-Board Charger
Wall Plug (2.3 kW)230V / 1x10A2.3 kW33h15m11 km/h
1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)230V / 1x16A3.7 kW20h45m18 km/h
1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)230V / 1x32A7.4 kW10h30m35 km/h
3-phase 16A (11 kW)400V / 3x16A11 kW7 hours53 km/h
3-phase 32A (22 kW)400V / 3x16A11 kW †7 hours53 km/h
Optional 22.0kW On-Board Charger *
Wall Plug (2.3 kW)230V / 1x10A2.3 kW33h15m11 km/h
1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)230V / 1x16A3.7 kW20h45m18 km/h
1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)230V / 1x32A7.4 kW10h30m35 km/h
3-phase 16A (11 kW)400V / 3x16A11 kW7 hours53 km/h
3-phase 32A (22 kW)400V / 3x32A22 kW †3h30m100 km/h
* = Optional in some countries, standard in others. Check local specifications for details.
† = Limited by the on-board charger, vehicle cannot charge faster.
Data provided by

MotoringFile’s Take

As with all electric cars you have to ask yourself – will this new electric Countryman fit my lifestyle? With the original Cooper SE that was a tough sell for anyone looking to take even short road trips. But with the new electric MINI Countryman SE the equation has changed.

The range dramatically increases the use cases for this car over the Cooper SE and thus its appeal. But that doesn’t mean everything here is cutting-edge. In many ways, the Countryman’s EV underpinnings are appropriately middle of the pack. Proven tech with conservative ratings, it’s designed and engineered to last. And given the needs of consumers that might be a better fit for the typical Countryman SE buyer.