Mini Cooper SE EV debut in 2020

It comes standard with features like navigation, automatic climate control, and heated seats.

The 2020 Mini Cooper SE electric vehicle will carry a starting price of $30,750, including the $850 destination charge, and they’ll arrive in American showrooms in early March 2020. Depending on where a buyer lives, the company touts that customers could get the EV for as little as $17,900 after applicable federal and state EV tax credits.

The Cooper SE packs an electric motor powering the front wheels and making 181 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 270 Newton-meters of torque. There’s a 32.6-kilowatt-hour battery pack. The EPA-rated range isn’t yet officially available, but Mini estimates the figure at 183 km (114 miles). The hatchback reaches 96 km per hour in 6.9 seconds. The top speed is 150 km/h.

A 7.4-kW AC charger allows car refill the battery to 100 percent in as little as 4 hours. There’s also DC charging at up to 50 kW for getting an 80 percent charge at public stations within 35 minutes.

The Cooper SE rides 18 millimeters higher than the combustion-powered model to make room for the batteries. However, the rear cargo capacity with the seats up is the same 211 liters as the non-EV.

The Mini EV comes standard with some high-tech amenities. The infotainment system features a 6.5″ display that comes with navigation, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay. On the inside, there is automatic climate control and heated front seats. The exterior features rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlights, and heated mirrors.

Aesthetically, the major exterior difference between the Cooper SE and other variants of the model is that this one has a charging port on the rear passenger side, and it has an LED light that illuminates when there’s a plug in place. The company also closes off the front grille. The model rides on wheels with a blocky, asymmetrical design.

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