BMW bosses announced that the new Mini Electric will go on sale from 2019 and the prototype destined for the Frankfurt Show is ‘very close’ to the final production model.
It promises sporty ‘go-cart’ performance with acceleration from 0-100kph in around 7 seconds and onto a top speed of approximately 190kph.
Owners will be able to boost the charge up to 80 per cent after just 40 minutes of the car being plugged in, while the total range will be 400km.
Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG said: ’The MINI Electric offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle. MINI and electrification make a perfect match.’
BMW said: ‘The drivetrain and performance characteristics offer an enthralling drive on both city streets and country roads that is typical of the MINI product range.
’Almost 10 years after MINI E laid the foundations for production-standard battery electric vehicles within the BMW Group, MINI is now offering a window on the future of urban electric mobility.