BMW Group’s Mini brand has taken the wraps off the Mini Electric Concept ahead of its slated Frankfurt Motor Show debut. The new concept–a bit of a throwback from previous electric concepts–previews Mini’s first expected electric production car, due out in 2019.
One does not have to squint their eyes to notice that the Mini Electric Concept is based on the proper two-door Mini. The concept looks very much like a stylized traditional Mini, though with design oddities such as yellow accents and a filled-in grille design. The concept even has a yellow fade paint job on the roof; there’s no British flag on the top of this Cooper concept! Mini has stated the yellow oddities will not find their way to production.
It is a bit of a head-scratcher as to why Mini has opted to make a two-door be their first mass-production electric vehicle. Nonetheless, this isn’t the first time Mini has electrified the two-door model. Mini offered the electric Mini E way back in 2008, when it produced about 500 copies of it as sort of an experiment.
This time around the Mini Electric is expected to utilize a variant of the BMW i3 electric powertrain. This means it will have only, at most, about 200 miles of range per charge and feature about 150 horsepower. Ironically, this is less than the 204 horsepower the 2008 Mini E spun out of its electric motor.
After the launch of the two-door electric Mini in 2019, the brand is expected to electrify more of its lineup. Given the fact Mini only makes compact vehicles, electrifying its lineup seems to make a lot of sense. The production version of the Mini Electric is slated to be produced in the UK while the powertrain will be produced at a BMW facility in Germany.