Classic Mini made electric for NY auto show

With one axle in the past and one in the present this Mini concept is all about the company's electrified future

With one axle in the past and one in the present this Mini concept is all about the company's electrified future

Or the classic Mini Electric if you want to give it the official name.

Presumably because they haven't got the new MINI EV ready to roll yet, BMW has chose to keep interest alive by delivering a classic Mini complete with an electric powertrain.

MINI is preparing to launch an electric vehicle in 2019 and the company is trying to build excitement for the model by unveiling an electric version of the classic three-door hatchback in NY.

This one-off model combines the unmistakable design of the classic Mini Cooper with a futuristic EV drivetrain. Mini said the finished vehicle mixes "the brand's unmistakable character whilst embracing zero local emission technology".

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BMW has fitted the Mini with an electric powertrain - although where they've put the batteries is a mystery - and declare the EV powertrain adds a new dimension to the go-kart feel of the classic.

THE original Mini has been given an electric jolt by BMW as a tease for some of its cars for the future.

The exterior red paint is complemented by a contrast white roof and characteristic bonnet strip, with the yellow MINI Electric logo in the brand emblem and on the wheel hubs. As Mini engineers are working to move the vehicle towards production, the brand's marketing department is working to increase awareness of Mini's upcoming model. The Classic Mini Electric is not now set for production - even as a limited-run special edition.

This auto is based on a late model of the original Mini (before BMW stepped in and made it a bigger vehicle), adding in some electric power and the necessary battery instead of the four-cyclinder petrol engine.

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