Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show

Next Prev
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show
Next Prev

Mini didn’t have a new car to present at the 2018 New York auto show. Instead, it had an old one. A very old one.

The British brand unveiled a classic Mini on Wednesday in the Big Apple, one with an electric powertrain conversion.

Why, you ask? Mini will launch an electric version of its Hardtop next year. Prototypes for the car have already been spotted testing.

The electric version of the Alec Issigonis-designed icon is meant to convey Mini’s commitment to retaining the brand’s unmistakable character while embracing modern powertrain technology. We’re confident the instant torque of electric powertrains and low center of gravity by having batteries in the floor will help preserve the go-kart feel—smaller—Minis are renowned for.

Classic Mini with electric powertrain

No doubt the decision to go with the classic design was also in part to grab the attention of Brooklyn’s hipsters. There’s no missing the car with its bright red paint and contrasting white roof.

There aren’t any details regarding the powertrain, so we can’t say if the car is packing the same powertrain destined for the next year’s electric Hardtop. Some details however, like the yellow electric plug logo, will likely feature on the production model. We’re expecting a single electric motor at the front axle and enough battery capacity for a range of more than 200 miles for the car.

Production of the electric Hardtop will take place at plants in England and China.

Check Also

Isdera Commendatore GT electric gullwing revealed, limited to just 2 cars

You've probably never heard of Isdera. The company is a niche sports car manufacturer from Germany, and since its founding in the early 1980s has churned out less than a hundred cars, all of them mostly crafted by hand. One of the most famous is the original Commendatore 112i launched in the early '90s. The sleek supercar featured a mid-mounted...

Jay Leno shows off his latest purchase: an all-original 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible

Will Jay Leno ever stop expanding his collection of amazing cars? Probably not. One of the world's best-known car buffs recently made room for the latest addition: a 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible. What's so special about this particular Continental is that it's completely unrestored and all-original. As Leno points out, only a couple bumps and scraps...