Mini Cooper now available as fully electric model
Mini Cooper SE is SA’s most affordable electric car
Since its original launch in 1959, the Mini has always been a trendsetter. Fast-forward to the next era of urban mobility and the new Mini Electric is once again setting the trend. With a starting price of R642 000, it is currently the most affordable electric vehicle in South Africa.
Based on the three-door Mini, the Cooper SE features an expressive design with accents finished in an energetic yellow colour. These accents, found on the radiator grille, mirror caps, tailgate and side scuttles as well as an unique alloy wheel design set the Cooper SE apart from its traditionally powered siblings.
Locally emission-free and near silent, the electrically powered Mini converts the hassle of everyday traffic into driving fun. A 135kW/270Nm electric motor thrills with its spontaneous power delivery while the high-voltage battery located deep in the under body lowers the vehicle’s centre of gravity considerably. This battery equips ensures an adequate range of 217km.
Along with adapted suspension the low centre of gravity assists the Mini Cooper SE in achieving impressive agility and dynamic performance
The Cooper SE is capable of accelerating from 0-60km/h in just 3.9 seconds and to 100km/h in 7. 3 seconds.
The Mini Cooper SE features an extensive range of standard equipment, model-specific display and control elements and two-stage brake energy recuperation that can be configured using a toggle switch.
Low running costs
While urban mobility is one of the standout features of the Mini Cooper SE, its low cost of ownership and low running costs cannot be ignored. The drivetrain of the all-electric Mini consists of fewer working parts, which means that there are fewer parts that need to be repaired or replaced over time. As with other electric models from the BMW group, the Mini Cooper SE comes standard with an eight-year/100 000km battery warranty.
The Mini Cooper SE can be charged at home using a standard charging cable or the optional Mini Wall box and needs just 17kWh to regain 100km of range. At a current cost of 75c per kWh that means that it costs just R12,75 to drive 100km.
Charging at all BMW and Mini branded public chargers remains free of charge and a 50kW charger can restore the battery to 80% of its capacity in just 35 minutes.