The 2017 Mini Electric Concept Is A Confusing Approach To A Promising Future
September 3, 2017  Justin T. Westbrook

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Mini is getting into the electric game again after a soft approach back in
2008, and while this new Mini Electric Concept is the result of many
questionable decisions, Mini going electric just makes too much sense to

As you can see, the 2017 Mini Electric Concept is just a gutted hardtop Mini
coupe that runs on the magic of electricity, set for production in the
far-flung futures of 2019. There’s quite a bit of styled flair, stealing the
yellow cues from the original Mini E from nearly a decade ago, as well as
some other stuff down the side of the car that Car And Driver promises isn’t
going to make it to production, thankfully.

I’m not a fan of the ‘Reflection Silver’ paint work, nor do I like the weird
faded white-yellow roof panel. The sides are busy, the wheels are silly, but
the front and rear treatments are actually pretty subtle for an electric
car, and the cool new headlights, Union Jack taillights and thin stripe on
the grille treatment are a simple but effective sign that this ain’t a
normal Mini.

It’s odd that Mini went for the two-door hardtop to re-introduce an EV
model, though. If the goal is to eventually shift the brand to a future
lineup of all EVs or hybrids, and to make an attractive electric model that
could appeal to a larger crowd of consumers, why wouldn’t Mini go for
something more practical, like the Countryman, Clubman, or even the 4-door
hardtop they just introduced? Why must EVs seemingly always have to be
compromised by being tiny two-door cars just slightly too small for people
like my parents to take interest in still?
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Anyway, the two-door is what we’re getting, at least at first, and it’s
based on the BMW i3's electric heart, which pretty much only guarantees
under 200 miles of range (though Mini may manage to get there, it’s not
clear) and maybe around 150 horsepower. That’s less than the previous
electric Mini. Oh well.

Melding the typical compact, city-going approach to the electric car with
Mini, a brand that only makes ‘compact’ vehicles anyway, makes a lot of
sense. Mini is practically perfect for EV applications ...
[© 2017 Gizmodo Media]

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