The all-electric MINI Cooper SE is on sale in the US in March 2020 and is already open for pre-orders. The price starts at $29,900.
The MINI Cooper SE is available exclusively with a 32.6 kWh battery capacity. However, the MINI website in the United States now also gives the estimated figure under the American EPA cycle, more realistic than the WLTP: 177 km per load.
The 177 km EPA of the MINI Cooper SE is similar to the 172 km EPA that the Nissan LEAF 30 kWh, a currently discontinued model, achieved almost five years ago. However, the MINI model is focused on mainly urban use, so that its autonomy will be more than enough for the daily routes of most of the population.
The MINI Cooper SE can charge 50 kW of direct current power (CCS Combo 2 connector), which translates into a waiting time of 35 minutes to recover 80% of its autonomy. This is thanks to its electric motor of 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque (the same as the BMW i3S), with a 0-60 km/h in 3.9 seconds and a top speed 150 km/h.