Electric & Hybrid MINI Cars
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The same MINI character and style you love, with electric power. With MINI Electric, the driving experience delivers the same sense of adventure and fun that you’ve come to expect from this unique brand, but with zero tailpipe emissions and improved efficiency.
If you haven’t already, the best time to switch to an electric or hybrid MINI is now – on-road performance is guaranteed, with a far lower impact on the environment. At Dick Lovett MINI, we have a great selection of new and approved used MINI Electric cars. The first-ever all-electric MINI 3-Door Hatch is an eco-friendly addition to the MINI family, and comes in three available trim levels.
Still want the option of a combustion engine and the benefit of electric power? The MINI Countryman PHEV provides the perfect solution. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, it pairs a battery-powered electric motor with a petrol engine, so you can drive the way you want, with the flexibility to switch between systems depending on your journey. Though not available to order new anymore, the MINI Countryman PHEV can be purchased as an approved used model.
Types of MINI Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
The range is expected to grow as development increases. MINI has also introduced the Aceman as a concept vehicle. A five-door all-electric SUV, it is tipped to go into production some time in 2024, making it a potentially exciting addition to the line-up.
The MINI Electric car & Hybrid Range
The MINI Electric is a significant addition to the line-up. This is the first all-electric model in the MINI range, a fully electrified version of the famous 3-Door Hatch. A four-seater, it has a driving range of up to 145 miles*, and can reach a top speed of 93 mph. Acceleration from 0-62mph is a respectable 7.3 seconds.
Charging is fast, depending on the type of charging station you use. Using a rapid charging point, which are typically those located at service stations, you can charge to 80% of full capacity in just 36 minutes. Fast charging to full capacity takes around three hours and 30 minutes, while slow charging points take around 12 hours – ideal for overnight charging.
The three trim levels available on MINI Electric are:
- MINI Electric Level 1
- MINI Electric Level 2
- MINI Electric Level 3
Level 1 is the entry level trim, including LED headlights, multifunctional sport leather steering wheel, Driving Assistant, and an 8.8” MINI Navigation display. MINI Electric Level 2 adds features such as heated seats, rear parking distance control and rear view park assist camera. With MINI Electric Level 3, you get Navigation Plus, which comes with Wireless Phone Charging and Head Up Display, a panoramic sunroof and full leather interior.
The MINI Level 3 is also available in the Resolute Edition, which features exclusive styling such as Piano Black exterior, cloth/leatherette upholstery in Black Pearl and 17-inch MINI Electric Resolute Spoke wheels.
The celebrated MINI Countryman is available as a plug-in hybrid from our approved used section. The MINI Countryman PHEV is a hybrid MINI that combines a petrol engine with an electric motor, powered by a high-tech lithium-ion battery to improve fuel efficiency. In fact, it can deliver an impressive combined 156.9mpg* when it deploys the electric motor together with the hybrid engine.
Fitted with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the five-door MINI Countryman has a driving range of up to 31.7 miles* in pure electric mode and can switch between driving models as needed. It has 0-62 mph acceleration of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 122 mph.
There are two different trim levels for newer versions of the MINI Countryman PHEV:
- Countryman PHEV Classic
- Countryman PHEV Exclusive
The MINI Countryman PHEV Classic comes with a Navigation system, LED lights – including rear lights in a Union Jack design – 8.8” touchscreen, rear park distance control, multifunctional steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and more. The Exclusive trim adds features including larger alloy wheels, lounge leather sports seats, MINI driving modes and a Walknappa leather steering wheel.
With the Exclusive, you can opt for the Untamed Edition, which adds Highland Green upholstery and design themes inspired by nature throughout - available on 2022 models.
Differences Between MINI Electric & Hybrid Cars
The difference between MINI Electric and Hybrid cars is a simple one. An electric MINI is powered exclusively by an electric motor, fed by a battery pack, while a MINI hybrid has a combustion engine supported by an electric motor.
A plug-in hybrid MINI will have a shorter all-electric driving range than an all-electric MINI. The MINI Electric has a driving range of up to 145 miles* on a single charge, while the MINI Countryman hybrid has up to 31 miles*, maximum. But, that driving range is still enough for most short journeys, so you can still drive purely on electric a lot of the time (providing you recharge regularly). When you need to drive further, the combustion engine takes over.
This makes your driving more energy efficient.
Why Buy MINI Electric & Hybrid Cars?
With a MINI electric or hybrid car, you get the same fun and joy when behind the wheel that MINI is famous for - but even better. Instant acceleration. Virtually noiseless driving. Improved fuel efficiency, with zero tailpipe emissions when driving a MINI Electric, or a MINI hybrid in all-electric mode.
And, in comparison to refuelling a combustion engine model, the prospect of reduced running costs, too. Depending on how often and how far you drive, and how you charge your MINI Electric car – or PHEV – you can operate on electric power a lot of the time. Figures from MINI estimate costs of 5p per mile, though that may fluctuate with energy prices.
You may also qualify for lower car tax and possibly avoid paying congestion charges, in some city centre Clean Air Zones (CAZ) if your MINI has zero or low emissions. It will only be a matter of years before all-electric and hybrid cars are the norm on UK roads. Get on board now.
How Do MINI Electric & Hybrid Cars Work?
The MINI Electric and MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid work differently.
The MINI Electric works solely on electricity. It needs to be connected to a charging point to take energy from the national grid, and this energy is then used to power the battery pack. The battery pack supplies the energy to drive the electric motor, which activates the wheels and operates the vehicle. There isn’t an alternative source of power, so the batteries need to be re-charged regularly. As the technology involved develops, battery packs in electric cars are becoming larger and capable of greater capacity, so electric vehicles (EVs) can drive further before needing a charge.
Hybrid cars are different. They have a battery and a combustion engine. The battery is smaller in a MINI hybrid car than a MINI Electric as it doesn’t do all the work. It operates alongside the engine.
When you start driving, you’ll use the electric motor. If it’s a short drive of a few miles, you’ll just drive in pure electric mode. But, if you’re driving for longer than the range allows, the petrol engine will take over. You won’t ‘run out’ of power, and the switch between eDrive mode and petrol engine is automated; you don’t have to do anything. While the engine is powering the vehicle, the electric motor can self-charge when you brake or de-accelerate, so it tops itself up, this is called regenerative braking. A MINI hybrid car is mainly recharged by plugging it into a charging point.
To help drive as efficiently as possible, you can opt for eDrive Service from MINI Connected. This calculates your ‘Green Route’ and shows the most energy-efficient route to take so you can maximise your fuel savings. You can also view charging stations along that route.
*The CO2 figures shown have been determined according to the WLTP test. WLTP has been used as the applicable CO2 figure from 1 April 2020 for first year vehicle tax (VED) and from 6 April 2020 for company car tax (BIK). The CO2 figures were previously based on the NEDC equivalent. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. For plug-in hybrid vehicles these figures were obtained using a combination of battery power and fuel. Plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles require mains electricity for charging.
As for the MINI Electric, figures are for comparison purposes and may not reflect real life driving results which depend on a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. They were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The MINI Electric is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. The electric range was determined according to a new test (WLTP). Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedure.