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We jump behind the wheel of the Mini EV to get the buzz on this all-electric city hatch

9 Sep 2022

MINI Australia wasn’t able to provide its debut electric model with a proper launch due to COVID-19 restrictions back in May 2020. Things change and they manage to pull of an “official” launch for the electron powered three-door hatch in time for World EV Day on September 9.


Despite that hiccup, word of the cute little EV, with minimalist exterior styling, has spread fast and it’s proven to be a real winner for the Brit-built brand accounting for some 41 per cent of all Mini three door hatch sales so far this year.


This level of popularity is set to continue as Mini rolls toward full electrification by 2030.


“Mini will be the first brand in the BMW Group to achieve full electrification across a wide model range that includes hatchbacks, small SUVs, sporty models and even perhaps a convertible,” said Mini Australia head of product James Orlov.


“A new dedicated EV platform comes on stream in 2025 which will eventually form the basis of all Minis.”


The funky little electric city car, still utilising a chassis adapted from internal combustion engine days, exudes Mini’s cheeky persona in the way it looks and goes but you’ll pay for the privilege as Mini Electric in entry SE Classic spec’ goes for $55,650 plus ORCs or a $10,000 premium over the 2.0-litre petrol powered S Classic.


Two other electric variants are available, the SE Yours at $62,825 and the Resolute Edition, based on Yours with additional kit and a special olive-green colour at $63,825, both plus ORCs.


That premium obviously doesn’t matter to a city-based clientele focused on electric power for which Mini Electric delivers a near ideal proposition in terms of car ownership.

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