Electric cars coming soon
Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...
On sale Autumn 2019 Price from £26,000 (est)
Remember the Mini E? That fully electric version of the Mini hatchback was built in 2008, with development cars trialled in several major cities. At the time, it seemed like a battery-powered Mini you could buy was only months away from showrooms, but 10 years later we’re still waiting. Not for much longer, though, because a Mini Electric will be launched next year.
One of the main drawbacks of the old Mini E was that the rear seats had to be removed to accommodate the battery pack. However, battery technology has come a long way in the past 10 years, and the new Mini Electric will be a proper four-seater.
Mini showed a concept version of the Mini Electric at the Frankfurt motor show last year, and while the production model won’t get the concept’s dramatic bodykit, it will retain the closed front grille with the yellow bar running across it.
Although the range is still to be confirmed, it’s likely to be similar to the 192 miles that the latest BMW i3 manages in official WLTP tests, because the Mini uses the same technology. Initially, it will be offered only as a three-door hatchback. However, if it proves popular, electric versions of other Minis could well follow.
The plug-in hybrid Countryman costs from £31,905, which is £8520 more than the Cooper model. If Mini follows the same approach with the Electric, it would mean a starting price of about £26,000, although the car would be eligible for the Government’s £4500 EV grant.