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    Classic Mini Cooper to come in an electric avatar

    by Monalisa Saha on Thursday, Apr 05 2018

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    The world is moving towards a cleaner and greener future, with all the global auto majors concentrating on alternative fuel vehicles. As the electric cars are the most feasible ones as per the majority of the automakers, all the major carmakers of the world including the mega-luxury marques like Rolls-Royce are busy producing their electric cars. German luxury auto behemoth BMW is also no exception to this sweeping EV (electric vehicle) trend and it has passed it on to its owned iconic British brand Mini as well. Mini is going to display its future adaptation of the green mobility system with a classic Mini Cooper which will come with an electric drivetrain instead of its peppy petrol engine.

    The original Mini Cooper's fine 4-cylinder 1,275cc petrol mill has been swapped with an electric motor that draws power from a lithium-ion phosphate battery pack. As per the company, this car showcases the brand's distinctive character while also adopting the zero emissions technology.

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    This decision might make the environmentalists very happy, but might cross the Mini fanatics who love the powerful conventional Minis, and would loathe the idea of going all-electric, especially with a classic Mini model.

    Mini has utilized a by-gone, collectible version of the iconic Mini Cooper to create its all-electrified version and the transformed car offers a range of 65 miles per full charge and a top speed of 75 mph.

    Mini had teased the electric version of the hatch model in 2017 and is now readying up for its official market launch. However, it seems that the company not only has been focusing on developing an all-new electric car, but was also busy working on this classic Cooper, as a side project.

    The engineers at Mini has overhauled the under the hood mechanical bits of this collectible Mini Cooper model with the installation of 30 lithium-iron phosphate batteries to offer a range of 65 miles on a single charge.

    To the relief of the authentic Mini fans, the British marque has no plans to make this a regular transformation of the legendary Cooper nameplate, and this single classic electric Cooper is going to be used for only display purposes.

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    Revealing this development a company statement that was released which said that a late and carefully restored unit of the classic Mini Cooper is being used as the base of this special model (the Mini Electric). The electric classic Mini Cooper remains true to its origins in terms of its styling as well as its driving characteristics. 

    The statement also said that due to the instant power delivery that the electric motor offers, the car will have an entirely new dimension to its unique go-kart like performance, which originally had propelled the British small car brand to massive global fame.

    When exterior styling is concerned, the electric Mini Cooper of the past era is identical to any other Cooper units of its own time. It has a traditional red body and contrasting white roof. And the only visual difference is the yellow Mini Electric logos that are also there on the side profile. 

    We wonder how Mini managed to fit in the electric drivetrain in the classic Cooper, owing to its considerably compact dimensions compared against the current model.


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