MINI launches the all-electric Cooper SE

MINI launched their first all-electric hot hatch – the new Cooper SE – which is based on the F55/F56 generation and offers an alternative to the gasoline powered Cooper S and the diesel powered Cooper SD.

Under the hood there is an electric motor producing 135 kW (184 hp) of power and 270 Nm of torque, sending the power to the front wheels. The car accelerates from 0-60 km/h in 3,9 seconds, from 0-100km/h in 7,3 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 150 km/h. According to MINI, the Cooper SE will keep up with sportscars on the first 60 meters of a drag race, and will offer great handling thanks to the lower center of gravity (-30mm compared to the Cooper S),  the sporty suspension setting and the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system on the front axle.

Thanks to a 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery located under the floor, MINI Cooper SE can travel up to 270 km on a single charge. Using an 11 kW charger, the battery will reach 80% of its power in 2,5 hours and will be fully charged in 3,5 hours, however if you have access to a fast-charging station (50 kW) it will reach 80% in only 35 minutes. The car weights +145 kg more than the standard model and suspension sits +18mm higher, in order to protect the battery.

There are four driving modes, (Sport, Mid, Green and Green+) which prioritize autonomy or performance according to the specific needs of the driver. At the same time, the brake energy recovery system allows one-pedal driving around town, while improving the overall efficiency.

Visually, the car is toned down compared to the 2017 concept car, however it is distinguished from the internal combustion engine powered versions thanks to the bright yellow trim (grille, mirror caps, rims), the redesigned grille. the unique wheels and of course the total absence of exhaust pipes. Interestingly the electric powered model retains the hood insert of the Cooper S which is not functional Cooper S.

Besides the small visual tweeks, the added batteries and the electric motor, the Cooper SE is the same with any other MINI, offering 211 liters of cargo space. Inside we find the 6,5 inch infotainment system with navigation (optional 8,8 inch screen), dual zone climate control, optional leather upholstery and various styling packages.

Production of the new MINI Cooper SE starts in Oxford in November 2019, and deliveries of the first models will start soon after that date.