Check Out These New Spy Shots Of Mini Electric Mule

MINI Cooper E prototype with camo driving in the snow


This frosted MINI pops

The modern MINI has a history of being battery-powered. Back in the summer of 2009, wearing MINI E markings, it was pressed into service as a development platform for BMW’s electric vehicle program, which eventually led, by way of the BMW Active E, to the BMW i3.  And though it hasn’t been blessed with an all-electric drivetrain since, that is set to change, come November 2019.

Relevant: Mini Could Become Electric-Only Brand In U.S.

Silver Mini Electric Concept with yellow trim

Mini Electric Concept

Until that time, MINI is continuing to test and tweak its future electric drivetrain, using the mules like the one you see in the photo above and in the gallery below. Like every manufacturer, cold weather testing is an important part of the process, and in fact, we may have seen this very mule a couple months back,  arriving on a truck somewhere in the reaches of the far north, before making a getaway into the frosty night.

This time around, our spy snappers spotted the MINI mule in broad daylight, though still in snowy climes. While it certainly isn’t revealing — even this tester is wearing camo — it does let us know that they are likely being quite thorough. Who knows, maybe they’re hot on solving the significant range loss in the cold conundrum.

When the MINI Electric does make it to showrooms, we expect it will resemble a cross between the typical Hardtop on the road today and the Electric Concept that was first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show six months ago. And, unlike that original MINI E development vehicle of yore, the battery in this one won’t preclude the fitting of a back seat.

See Also – Mini Cooper Electric Test Mule Spied For First Time

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About time …

Exactly. They should have been losing money on electric vehicles for years now.

The more competition for Tesla the better.although the price of ice mini’s are expensive. So I am guessing this ev version might push 50 grand(cdn). It’s still many years away from a high teens ($) affordable ev car with 240 mile range.

I don’t think we’ll ever see a long-range electric car in the United States for less than 20,000. There are only a few ice vehicles that start much less than that, and prices increase every year. By the time battery cost come down enough to make that possible, autonomous Driving Systems will probably be mandatory. And they will add to the price of the car. Several thousands probably.

Looks seem to have improved from the concept. I predict sales success.