Mini’s 5th “Superhero” Model Will Be A Pure Electric Car

NOV 27 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 21

MIni Countryman PHEV Alongside Original Mini E BEV

Mini Countryman PHEV Alongside Original Mini E BEV

Going forward, Mini says that it’ll shrink its lineup of vehicles to just five models.

These will be referred to as Mini’s “Superhero” models, meaning that they are expected to be the best-selling Minis and critical to the automaker’s success.

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

We already know four of the five “Superheroes.” 

  • Mini Cooper
  • Mini Cooper Convertible
  • Mini Clubman
  • Mini Countryman

But what’s the fifth “Superhero?” According to Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer, the 5th one is a pure electric car, but it won’t be an all-new model. Instead, this BEV will be the electric version of one of the four “Superheroes” listed above.

Our guess is that the BEV will be a Mini Cooper Electric. Mini has already done a Cooper electric, but it was more or less a limited production car that was put on the market to test the technology.

The upcoming electric Mini will incorporate all-new technology. Quoting Schwarzenbauer:

“It’s completely new technology. It’s the next step in battery tech. We chose to launch in 2019 as this is when we will see the technology.” 

As for Mini’s focus right now, the boss man added:

 “The focus is on the all-electric Mini.”

Source: Autocar

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From a space perspective I’d figured they would use the countryman, it sits higher which gives more space to work with.

The normal mini would just be making it hard, although with current tech it is possible to fit about 25-35kWh in that space. The current e-Golf fits 35kWh, but is a larger car. I wouldn’t hold it impossible to fit 35kWh in the space of the fuel tank in 19/20.

I, personally, would be interested in BEV Cooper to replace my Cooper S. I am not interested in a Countryman which I think is bloated and not in keeping with the Mini esthetic.

The bigger “EV” the Better , But Not Tesla “S” size …

Given the choice between a Cooper with 125 miles of EV range and FWD, and a Countryman with 200+ miles of range and AWD, I’d buck it up and take the Countryman.

I think Mini just doesn’t have as much space to work with in their smaller models. Now if they can find a way to cram everything into the smaller package, I’m all for it.

Mini Cooper

Mini Clubman

Mini Rocketman

Mini Countryman

Mini Superleggera

Nothing mini about Mini, plenty of space in any of the models to fit a good sized battery and make it AWD please.

Space Inside , but there are no Safety Crumble Zones..The wheels are right at The Four corners…Aerodynamics Like a Parachute too…

YAWN

I knew a Guy Named “Yawn”

At least they probably won’t try to make the “Cooper” into a PHEV (I can see a 1kWh battery in the glove compartment…)

A whopping 87 hp and a 7.6 kWh battery in the glove-box.

No, just a “D” cell, so you can replace it easily 😉

Unless they make it like Apple and Samsung products with a sealed battery. Just throw away and buy a new product.

“Cooper” is a trim level, not a model.

Models: Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman, etc.

Trim Levels: One (Not a “Cooper” at all), Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S, Cooper SD, etc.

It’s extremely common usage, especially in the US where there are no trim levels below “Cooper” but “MINI Cooper” isn’t really specifying a model.

Rocketman & Superleggera will be MINI’s two new EV’s

I heard the giving the Clubman the Club.

BMW’s 1ST MINI-E was produced by ACPropulsion. It had 150 mile range, Excellent REGEN and V2G ,Vehicle To GRID.
It would be hard for BMW to beat that. Only BYD has V2G built in the car. Nissan does it in Japan with the LEAF with an external Inverter.

So far Mini has dozed off.

It is stupid they do not have an EV in the Mini lineup.

“it was more or less a limited production car that was put on the market to test the technology.”

Mmm. Yes. “Testing.”

So, now that they knew that this worked, ah, 7 years ago now? What have they done with it?

Yes, I realize that technically speaking, it led to the BMW i3, but really, what was there to test? Was putting a battery on 4 wheels so new that nobody knew how to build it?

Or is there a simpler explanation, which is that they wanted to dick around and *say* they were building this thing, when they had no real intention to?

There were real electronics programming issues that were found in the Mini-E test fleet that were not found in prototype testing. A number of those problems were documented right here on insideEV’s.

So yes, it was a much needed step before launching the i3. The i3 was quirky enough with the REX hacks for the US market, without having all the test fleet issues to deal with too.