Mini Electric: Details of concept car released ahead of 2019 production

British brand Mini has pulled the covers off its all-new electric concept based on its popular hatchback.

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Mini has pulled the covers off its all-new electric concept

It follows hot on the heels of the Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid, which was the manufacturer’s first electrified model.

This latest concept, however, is all electric – and it’s it’ll be built at Mini’s plant in Oxford too.

It’s well documented that Minis still retain the brand’s historic driving charm but how will it fair with all-electric power?

Here’s what we know so far.

It features classic Mini design cues

Take one look at this concept and it’s immediately recognisable as a Mini car.

It’s still got the cutesy styling of the current-generation car, but with some additional touches for this concept.

The rear lights, for instance, now feature a Union Jack design, while the trademark plastic trim rear wheel arch pieces of the standard vehicle have been removed, giving it a far sleeker, more efficient look.

It utilises 3D printing to keep weight down

This latest Mini has parts manufactured by a 3D printer.

The aerodynamic inlays and recessed louvered surfaces in the air intakes have been created using this process – all to keep the car’s overall weight as low as possible.

There’s a reason why yellow has been used throughout the car

You may have noticed that the vast majority of electric and hybrid vehicles use green as their statement colour – it’s a shade usually associated with lower emissions.

However, Mini has gone for yellow because it stands for “electro-mobility” within the company.

 

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Mini Electric utilises 3D printing to keep weight down

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The Mini Electric will be built at it's plant in Oxford

You won’t have to wait too long to see it on the road

BMW Group has hinted that it will be revealing a production of the Mini EV Concept in 2019.

As mentioned, this version will then be manufactured in part at the company’s Oxford plant.

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