Mini has revealed its future: a zero-emissions, electric-powered three door concept car – which comes with a cute grin.
The new car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and is set to be built in Oxford, England, going on sale in 2019.
“With its characteristic go-kart feeling and powerful electric motor, the Mini Electric Concept is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot,” says Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management of BMW AG, responsible for Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad.
“That’s how we at Mini envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world.”
A hexagonal radiator grille and circular headlights make the Mini Electric Concept instantly recognisable when viewed from the front. A sloping bonnet with closed grille (electric motors do not need air cooling) are identifying features along with vividly contrasting silver and yellow colour scheme and a distinctive E badge. A yellow accent bar in the grille – with an E badge in the same colour – produces a contrasting effect, echoed by the styling of the daytime running lights in the all-LED headlight assemblies.
Adrian van Hooydonk, senior VP BMW Group Design, says the aerodynamics and lightweight design are essential factors for maximising an electric car’s range.
Mini says its concept vehicle conveys a message of sustainable urban transportation in Mini’s inimitable style, while at the same time providing a preview of the production model that will follow soon.
“It will make electro-mobility a highly emotional experience that combines driving fun, style and individual flair – as is characteristic of the Mini brand.”