Mini Recharged Project to Electrify Brand’s Classic Models

Image: Mini Recharged Project

Source: Mini

Mini has launched a new in-house project called Mini Recharged, dedicated to electrifying the brand’s classic models.

Following a positive reaction to the one-off electrified Mini revealed at the 2018 New York Auto Show, a dedicated group of engineers at Mini’s Oxford factory developed the Mini Recharged project to tell “the story of the classic Mini in the 21st century, in a sustainable way.”

Owners of the original-shape Mini will now be able to have their car’s four-cylinder A-series engine swapped out for a 90kW electric motor. This will enable the car to complete a 0-100km sprint in roughly nine seconds – far quicker than any of the original engines offered.

Power is stored in a battery of undisclosed capacity, that can be charged with an output of 6.6kW and has a predicted range of around 160km.

The conversion says Mini, consists of a series of ‘reversible’ changes that preserve the original car (in spirit at least), and to that end, the engine is marked and stored for future use. This makes it possible to restore the classic Mini to its original condition at a later date.

“What the project team are developing preserves the character of the classic Mini and enables its fans to enjoy all-electric performance,” said Bernd Körber, Head of the Mini Brand. “With Mini Recharged, we are connecting the past with the future of the brand.”

The retrofit is primarily a mechanical exercise, however, the interior of each electrified Mini receives a bespoke central gauge cluster, which displays gear selection, drive temperature, predicted range and speed.

According to Mini, a series of personalization options are also on the horizon, which will be specially designed and offered to those in the Mini Recharged program.

“Individuality plays an important role with Mini Recharged,” added Sebastian Beuchel, Head of Mini Global Brand Development. “Unique classic Mini models have always been created, including true works of art on wheels. That’s why future collaborations are also planned as part of the Mini Recharged programme, allowing well-known artists to express their creativity with specially designed classic Mini models.”

Mini has yet to reveal the costs associated with the EV conversion, and no plans are in place to expand the project outside of the UK.

Source: Mini | Recharged and electrifying: the classic Mini launches into the future.

27 January 2022

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