BMW will add an all-electric convertible to its next-gen Mini line-up. The company has built a one-off pure-electric version of the current Mini Convertible to test the market for a potential next-generation model. According to BMW, "the one-off Mini Electric Convertible is a prototype, to test the waters of emission-free, open-top driving with Mini".
- One-off Mini EV convertible built to test market potential
- Current-gen Mini convertible won't get electric version
Mini EV convertible prototype: specifications
The prototype, built in Munich, uses the current Cooper S Convertible's upper structure but for its powertrain, it uses the Cooper SE's 184hp electric motor. This combination makes the prototype 140kg heavier than the ICE Cooper S convertible. The boot capacity remains unchanged from the standard convertible, at 160 litres.
No EV version for current-gen Mini convertible
Despite these encouraging numbers, BMW says the current Mini Convertible will not be electrified. All the company will say on the record is that there will be a new convertible model: "We have announced that the Mini Convertible is to receive a successor, but it is too early to speak about the engine portfolio of the replacement for the current Mini Convertible."
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