WHAT WILL MINI NAME ITS ALL ELECTRIC HATCH?
THE MINI COOPER E.
„According to sources MINI is planning on naming it’s upcoming all electric 2020 hatch the MINI Cooper E. The branding is meant to underscore both the car’s performance and efficiency.
MINI Brand boss Peter Schwarzenbauer has spoken openly about the engineering challenges of electrifying the current MINI. Specifically BMW has found it difficult to fit the requisite number of battery cells into the current chassis for an acceptable range. What that range will be is unknown but the current i3 range is only 117 miles on a full change. However the just released 120 a-h version is conservatively rated at 153 miles. Could MINI slot that many batteries in the F56 chassis? And even if it does could the heavier steel chassis of the MINI get near what the carbon fiber i3 gets in terms of range? We’ll know shortly. (...)“