Singapore - Introduced as the first ‘small car’ in the premium segment to run entirely on electrical power, the new MINI Electric, first unveiled in July 2019, retains much of its design character from its internal-combustion siblings. However, instead of requiring the occasional visit to the gas station, this three-door package comes with a three-pin wall plug. This ‘Wallbox System’ allows you to charge up the car’s 32.6kWh capacity lithium-ion battery pack, in slightly over 3 hours. Head out to a public fast-charge (50kW DC) station and it will charge up to an impressive 80% in under 40 minutes.
Highly engaging and fun to drive, the MINI Electric power plant generates approximately 135kW (184 horsepower) with 270Nm of torque; and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds. On a single full charge, it is also capable of a range of between 240 ~ 270 kilometers while its top speed is limited to 150km/h.
Things we love:
- Affordable option for an Electric Vehicle.
- Fun car to drive with good agility.
- Informative instrument display cluster with cheerful colours/lights.
- Fast charge from almost 0 to 80% at a 50kW charger, in about 30mins.
Things we didn’t really like:
- Overall range is decent for urban driving, but not for longer distance travel (i.e.: Driving to
- While handling is fun and agile, brakes feel lackluster.