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