Mini has begun to build anticipation for the launch of its first full electric model by releasing the first pictures of the Mini Electric that arrives on UK roads next March.

The zero-emission version of the three-door hatch will come with an official range figure of up to 144 miles, and will cost from £24,400, after the Government’s £3500 ultra-low emission vehicle grant has been applied. 

The car will come in three as-yet-unnamed trim levels, with the mid-spec car costing an additional £2000 and the range-topper coming in at £30,400 after grant. 

The 32.6kWh battery equates to 184hp and will propel the Mini Electric from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, and on to a 93mph maximum. The brand claimed that a charge to 80% on a 50kW DC charger takes 35 minutes. On an 11kW AC charger the battery will
go from empty to 80% in around 150 minutes, with a full charge an hour longer.

Mini electric

Spotting the electric version of the Mini will be eased by the symbol and stripe on the grille and the unique alloy wheels. All cars get equipment including dual-zone climate control and a 6.5-inch navigation screen with real-time traffic and Apple CarPlay, while the EV’s navigation system offers fastest, shortest and most efficient routes, and displays a green circle on the map around the car to depict range based on the battery’s charge. The Mini Connected app will also control charge, display charge status and show public charging stations. 

Going up to the mid-spec trim adds part-leather interior, heated seats, rear parking sensors, a Driving Assistance pack and additional colour and wheel options, while the top trim also brings front parking sensors, Park Assist, head-up display, panoramic sunroof, matrix LED headlights, upgraded audio system and 8.8-inch touchscreen system. 

Mini is taking pre-order deposits of £500 from this week online or in dealerships, with first deliveries scheduled for March 2020.