It is quite uncommon for us to see a vehicle debuting at an event with their own power. But this exactly what happened with 2020 MINI Cooper SE when it drove to Frankfurt from Munich. Cooper SE is MINI’s first mass-produced EV while traveling covered emission free 248 miles to reach at this event. However, 2020 MINI Cooper SE could not complete the while distance with a single battery charge. The maximum driving range on this EV is 168 miles when provided with 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Hence, it had to take a pit stop to rejuvenate its battery.
The car “suggested” a fast charging station on the A3 motorway and this is where Elena Eder chose to recharge the battery. Elena is also model’s project manager. To replenish fully depleted battery to 80 percent takes around 35 minutes. Elena Eder uses it to great affect and it had plenty of remaining miles to cover remaining distance. However, she didn’t utilize the 2020 MINI Cooper SE potential of hitting top speed of 93 mph. Finally, 2020 Cooper SE reached its destination with sufficient charge in its battery pack.
2020 MINI Cooper SE will go into production at the Oxford plant in UK from November 2019 and worldwide deliveries will follow shortly after. Price of electric city car begins from £24,400 in UK which includes government’s grant of £3,500. It is priced from €32,500 in German including taxes. At this event project manager said that Urban mobility is the greatest strength of the new Cooper and is also quite fulfilling for short drive. It can cope with long journey with help from DC fast charging stations with a charging capacity of up to 50 kilowatts.