The Mini Cooper brand has jumped on the electric-vehicle bandwagon, and they’re doing it in incredible ways! The 2021 Mini Cooper E is one of the most inexpensive electric vehicles on the market. It also offers the quick, sporty driving experience that Mini Cooper owners have come to love. This two-door hardtop features an all-electric powertrain that provides almost instant acceleration and nimble handling. It also comes standard with a solid helping of desirable features. Here’s what you can expect from the new 2021 model.
The front-wheel-drive Mini Cooper E sources its power from a 32.6-kWh battery pack. It offers 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle will go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 93 mph.
The Mini Cooper E also offers two regenerative braking modes. Like many electric vehicles, it allows for “one-pedal driving.” When you lift your foot off the accelerator, the system converts the car’s forward momentum into electricity, which charges the battery pack. This also causes deceleration, creating an effect similar to switching gears or moderate braking.
The first mode allows the vehicle to coast in the same way a non-electric car would when you lift your foot from the accelerator. The other, more aggressive mode, virtually eliminates the need to touch the brake pedal while you’re driving.
The one drawback of this vehicle is the estimated driving range of 110 miles on a full charge. This is much shorter than other electric vehicles in the same class. However, if you don’t do a lot of long-distance driving, the fast-charge battery pack makes up for the distance shortfall.
According to Mini, the battery can fast-charge to 80% in just 35 minutes. At home, you can use the 7.4 kW charger with any standard three-prong outlet. This method will bring the battery back to full charge in just four hours. The aforementioned two-mode braking system also helps to keep the battery charged.
This eco-friendly vehicle can also save you money! Purchasers may enjoy up to a $7,500 Federal tax credit and state and local incentives. You may also save as much as $4,500 on fuel purchases over a five-year period.
The Mini Cooper E comes standard with many great technology options. This includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen (8.8-inch screen optional), Apple CarPlay integration, a Harman/Kardon audio system, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, and wireless charging.
You can also use the smartphone app to set your Mini’s internal temperature before heading outside to climb in. The new 2021 model also includes a standard navigation package with a digital gauge cluster.
Driver assistance technology includes forward-collision warning, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rain-sensing headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Front and rear parking sensors and self-parking assist are also available upgrades.
Repairs and Upkeep
This vehicle offers one of the better warranty plans when compared to other electric vehicles in its class. This includes a 4-year, 50,000-mile limited warranty and powertrain warranty. The car’s electrical components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles.
These electric vehicles also have fewer moving parts than a standard gas-powered car, which means you’ll need fewer repairs and replacements. This makes upkeep and maintenance far easier and less expensive.
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Deliveries of this vehicle will begin in early 2021. Due to overwhelming demand, the inventory is already running low. If you’re interested in this vehicle, it’s recommended that you contact your local MINI dealer as soon as possible.
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