Mini-Sponsored Survey Says Most Consumers Are Happy With 75-Mile EVs

A survey sponsored by Mini USA asserts that 73 per cent of consumers believe electric vehicles with ranges of up to 75 miles (120 km) are sufficient for their daily use.

In recent years, car manufacturers have been looking to make the most of developing battery technologies by increasing the driving ranges of their all-electric models.

There are now a number of affordable EVs on the market with ranges exceeding 200 miles (320 km) and Audi recently came under fire after revealing its e-tron has an EPA-estimated range of just 204 miles. The results of Mini’s survey are rather confusing as a result.

In a press release, the British car manufacturers says it surveyed 1004 adults of which 502 were men and 502 were women all over the age of 18. Those behind the survey haven’t detailed the questions they asked consumers but came to the conclusion that a range of up to 75 miles is “sufficient.” Additionally, 63 per cent of consumers said the best way to use an electric vehicle is for commuting or city driving. This all sounds a little too convenient for us.

Mini is in the midst of developing its long-awaited three-door EV and if reports prove accurate, it will could have a battery similar in size to the 42.2 kWh unit of the most-recent BMW i3. The Mini will allegedly have a range of around 120 miles (200 km), significantly less than other similarly-sized EVs like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, and Chevrolet Bolt.

Carscoops has reached out to Mini to see if we can get any additional information about the survey and what specific questions were asked to participants. We will update this story when we find out more.

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  • Paulbe

    Complete fabrication. Might have some traction in Europe where the distances aren’t really there.

    • MarineCorpsX

      …not even in Europe. Nobody buys EV here below 200 miles range any more

  • cat

    it’s not ture i’m not happy with only 75 milles in a electric car!!! i want 250 milles or more

  • Nordschleife

    I can believe the part about the best use of an electric car is in the city and maybe that way they say 75 miles is ok. Because the city would have more charging stations ideally. It’s all how it’s worded.

    • “Ideally” is the key here. I live very close to a city with an abundance of chargers and it’s still not enough – much of the time they are all being used and forget going anywhere far *sniff* (I have leased EV’s for the last 6 years now).

      • ace_9

        Well, this is the future of electric cars 😀 It’s not like suddenly everyone will have a 500 km+ range and plenty of ways to get energy for that. But nobody wants to hear that, right? Of course there will be enough electricity for everyone. It will replace the oil easily!

  • Obviously those people surveyed don’t have EV’s with that range SMH.

  • SUFFICIENT? IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE CATERING TO THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN’T USE AN ELECTRIC CAR FOR ANYTHING MORE THAT RUNNING ERRANDS.

    WHILE IT’S TRUE MOST WON’T DRIVE MORE THAN 75 MILES DAILY AN EXPENSIVE CAR LIKE THE MINI SHOULD BE MUCH MORE THAN SUFFICIENT.

  • Mr. EP9

    BS.

    This is just another garbage study like the one GM put out some time ago for that Chevy commercial. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mini’s EVs have a similar range and they’ll probably cite this study as the reason behind that decision. Seriously, 1004? You call that a good sample size? Gimme a break. Freaking idiots.

  • illogicalPotato

    I have an i3, and I say BulllllSH*T! I want more range easily.

  • ace_9

    I think it’s fine. 120 km is really enough for many people for a work commute. What many people don’t realize that an electric mini is intended to be mostly just a second car for work (within 50 km) and for some shopping. I’m not sure if the commenters here are suggesting that the new electric mini should be a family car for all their needs. That was obviously not the plan since the beginning…

  • Marcin Lewandowski

    When govs know better what people want and say that’s enough, we call it communism.
    When corps know better what people want and say that’s enough, we call it bullsh*t.
    God bless free competition!

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