2020 Mini Cooper SE EV Drove From Munich To Frankfurt For Its World Debut

Not many cars debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show these days have arrived at the event using their own power but the Mini Cooper SE is one of them.

Mini’s first mass-produced EV drove from BMW Group’s home in Munich to the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt/Main for its world premiere, covering 400 emissions-free kilometers (248 miles) in the process.

The Mini Cooper SE could not cover that distance using a single battery charge, however. The maximum driving range provided by the 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery is 270 km (168 miles), so it had to stop along the way for a “refill.” The car “suggested” a fast charging station on the A3 motorway and that’s where driver Elena Eder, who is also the model’s project manager, chose to recharge the battery.

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Replenishing the almost fully depleted battery to 80 percent of its total capacity took 35 minutes, extending the range with plenty of miles to cover the remaining distance to Frankfurt.

As you can imagine, Eder did not exploit the car’s 150 km/h (93 mph) maximum speed that much in order to extend the range. Finally, the Cooper SE rolled into Hall 11 of the Frankfurt exhibition center with sufficient charge still in its battery pack.

“Urban mobility is certainly the greatest strength of the Mini Cooper SE. But that doesn’t mean that electric driving fun is only suitable for short distances,” says project manager Eder. “The Mini Cooper SE can easily cope with lengthier journeys thanks to the option of using DC fast charging stations with a charging capacity of up to 50 kilowatts. A lunch break is all it takes to recharge,” she added.

The Mini Cooper SE will enter production at the Oxford plant in the UK in November 2019, with worldwide deliveries to follow shortly after. The electric city car is priced from £24,400 in the UK (including the £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant) and €32,500 in Germany (including taxes).

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  • Owen Hamilton

    I wonder if they will do a Mini E One version that has lower power but further range, which is also cheaper to buy.

    • Have you seen the cute MINI Rocketman prototype? That 2-seater might qualify, but it’s reportedly under consideration only for China. Caught between the price of the Tesla Model 3 and the high cost of batteries, I believe BMW will barely break even on the Cooper SE, so a less-profitable, diminished version for the rest of the world is probably not in the cards.

      • Owen Hamilton

        Yes I have seen the Rocketman, I think it would be too small for my needs, it’s hard enough getting my wheelchair in the full size Mini, so I think the smaller car would be almost impossible.

  • jimie orleg

    I tired of hearing about stopping for 80% fuel.

    • Joe

      Would you prefer to hear about them not stopping and running out of charge for the unnecessary drama?

      • jimie orleg

        Would prefer to advertise real range based on 80% or real charging times based on 100%, not pick and chose each one to make it sound better.

        • Joe

          Ok but that’s not what this story was about… they literally charged it to 80% then kept driving because they didn’t need to charge it more than that.
          Although in terms of technology, the last 20% is far harder to charge so the charge time increases a lot after that without gaining much charge. I’m sure official figures will be announced soon or can already be found elsewhere.
          The point of using the 80% number so often is usually because that’s more than most people would need in one journey or a full day anyway…, and it gives an idea of how fast it can ‘fast charge’.

          • jimie orleg

            I get it, just another downside of EV’s and long trips. I only get the advertised range (maybe) the first leg of my trip. After that, I have to stop even more than I thought.

  • Sébastien

    So if they had taken a cheaper Kia e-Niro, they would have arrived with no pit stop…

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