If you have projects to buy a Mini Electric, then decision making can be made easier, especially when it comes to charging.
This is thanks to a new scheme that will allow Mini E owners to use a range of different charging options using only one account. It was unveiled along with a new version of the Mini E at the birthplace of the iconic Plant Oxford car in the UK, and it’s a simple solution that can actually make a huge difference when it comes time to give more juice to the battery.
The first formative Mini E test began in 2009, and one of the main challenges, both then and now, is convincing people that recharging battery cars is not a mandatory task that can be so common.
In fact, recharging an electric car can be one of the most annoying things of owning one, especially in the UK. Here comes the new Mini Electric scheme, which gives owners a much more convenient option, especially when it comes to dealing with longer trips.
The fact that you won’t need multiple accounts or many applications should streamline the loading process – and that can only be a good thing.
In another nod to the different ways people approach car ownership, the Mini will also offer a “share” option. This will allow you to share your Mini with up to 10 other users. The idea may prove popular, especially among businesses that need to allow colleagues to share vehicles quickly and conveniently.
And if you have a growing family and several members have driver’s licenses, they will be free to reserve their travel slot and use the car, all through the support app. Sounds a bit like a rental car, no hassle.
In addition to the idea of common sense for charging, the refreshed Mini Electric is available in three packages, level 1, 2 or 3, as well as in the Collection edition, called as the “Designer Choice” model. There are some great extra features that make it a step up from the Level 3 model.
Cosmetically, there is metallic paint Blue Island, a multicolored painted roof, black mirror caps, funky 17-inch alloys Electric Collection and many of these piano black exterior touches, all complemented by a collection of graphics on the lid and doors.
The interior also has some changes, with Black Pearl / Light Gray upholstery, aluminum interior trim and a Walkmappa steering wheel. Meanwhile, the infotainment department and driver information also work a little better.
All Mini Electric models share the same 135kW (184hp) engine and, as you would expect from a car, it still has the same great handling. As long as the range is up to 145 miles, it’s hard to achieve in real conditions, especially because the Mini Electric often prompts you to push it aggressively around corners on the road and, perhaps, using the accelerator more enthusiastically than you’d like.
Of course, top speed is only 93 miles per hour, but that’s real fun. It will do 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds, but even that seems to be happening faster than you expect.
Find a 50kW fast charger at the end of your trip and you will be able to get the battery from anything to 100% in 1 hour 24 minutes. A little over half an hour is enough to reach the range enough to reach your next port (or call point).
Meanwhile, the Mini Electric will take just over 3 hours to charge from a 7.4kW home wall charger. If you are not blessed with any of them, it will take 12 hours at 2.3kW if you just turn it on through a regular outlet, giving overnight the obvious time to do the right job.
There is a long way to go in terms of better charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and how well this works depends on your location. However, a stimulus like the Mini, which facilitates charging options to fix your head, is a definite step in the right direction.