Electrified classic cars are becoming more popular, and Mini has shown a one-off all-electric version of its classic Mini at the New York motor show.
BMW currently has no plans to sell an all-electric classic Mini, but it has built a one-off example to show at the New York motor show.
There are a few small details that make is obvious that this isn’t any ordinary Cooper. The recognisable Cooper badges and stickers on the flanks have been replaced with a new two-pin plug logo, while the chrome grille and headlight surrounds are black. There is also a distinct lack of a tail pipe.
Electric Minis are not a new idea, and the company even put a fully-electric version of the previous R56-generation car into very limited production – totalling around 600 cars. The Mini E never went on general sale, but was trialled on public roads to assist with the development of the BMW i3.
In the current Mini range, there is already a plug-in hybrid version of the Countryman, but this classic Mini has been built in anticipation of the the new fully-electric model. Expected to be seen in 2019, the new electric car will be built at the company’s Oxford plant.
Mini says that this carefully restored and upgraded example of the classic Mini has been produced as a ‘sympathetic ambassador for environmental awareness and a form of sustainable mobility’.
It will also remain unique, so you won’t be able to buy one any time soon. At least, not officially. With battery and motor technology becoming cheaper and more accessible by the day, there are now a number of companies that can convert any classic car to electric power.