The new MINI Electric is on sale in Ireland now
The new MINI Electric is on sale in Ireland now

MINI Ireland hosted a media preview of the new MINI Electric at University College Dublin this week.

The MINI Electric marks the brand’s first fully battery electric vehicle based on the iconic three door hatchback.

A 32.6 kWh battery gives the new electric MINI a range of up to 233 kilometres (WLTP). 50 kW fast charging gives 80% charge in 36 minutes while the new MINI can get a full charge at home in 4 hours and 20 minutes using AC 7.4 kW charging.

The electric motor provides 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque. Acceleration is a brisk 7.3 seconds from 0 to 100km/h. MINI promises a fun to drive character, with none of the fun the car is famous for list in this electric iteration. New suspension technology designed for this model helps retain and enhance the MINI’s famed go-kart driving dynamics. At a weight of 1,365 kg, the MINI Electric is just 145 kgs heavier than the current MINI Cooper S 3-Door with automatic transmission.

The MINI Electric will be distinguished visually by an embossed logo on the car’s side scuttles, as well as on the tailgate and front radiator grille. The front grille features the hallmark hexagonal shape of the MINI but is closed for the electric model as the car requires less cooling. According to MINI, there have been no restrictions in terms of the size of the luggage compartment, which remains at 211 litres.

The new MINI Electric will be available in three trim lines in Ireland (OTR pricing including grants):

Level 1       €27,764

Level 2       €30,155

Level 3       €35,455

Level 1 standard equipment will include a new digital dashboard, automatic air conditioning, cruise control, Connected Navigation including Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), and LED headlights/taillights.

Level 2 includes a cloth/leather-look upholstery, additional exterior body colour and wheel options, as well as rear Park Distance Control (PDC), Rear Camera, Seat Heating, Driving Assistance Pack and Logo Projection.

Level 3 includes front PDC, Park Assist, Harmon Kardon sound system, Head-up Display, Panoramic Sun Roof, Matrix LED’s and upgrade to a 8.8” infotainment touch screen. Wireless phone charging is also included, in addition to MINI Yours Leather Lounge upholstery, a choice of five alloy wheels and six exterior body colours.

The new MINI Electric will compete against new electric compacts including the Honda e, Peugeot e-208, Corsa-e, Renault ZOE, and Volkswagen ID.3.

The new MINI Electric is in dealers now available from €313 per month with first customer car deliveries expected in March.

The MINI Electric has a range up to 233 kilometres
The MINI Electric has a range up to 233 kilometres