The Classic Mini Is Back – And It’s Gone Electric

Wed 28th Mar 2018

The classic Mini car is back, with a new electric engine, but don’t get your hopes up as it’s only a one-off version, to help demonstrate zero-emission technology.

The Mini, which has been built at the Oxford-based manufacturer’s hub has been fitted with 30 lithium-iron phosphate batteries and has a range of 65 miles with a top speed of 75mph.

A statement from Mini said: “With this unique vehicle, Mini sends out a clear signal demonstrating its commitment to retaining the brand’s unmistakable character whilst embracing innovative zero local emission technology.

"The exterior red paint is complemented by a contrast white roof and characteristic bonnet strip, with the yellow Mini Electric logo in the brand emblem and on the wheel hubs.

“The electric classic remains true to the brand, both in terms of its visual appearance and driving characteristics.

“The spontaneous power of its electric motor provides a new dimension to the unmistakable go-kart feeling that helped propel the British small car in its original form to worldwide popularity.”

The original Mini sold more than five million between 1959 and 2000 and is ranked as one of the classic car designs of all time. Unfortunately, there are no plans to put the smaller classic design back into production, this Mini will be a one-off.

Mini are currently working on electric versions of its updated design, which are expected to go on sale in 2019, the 60th anniversary of the original Mini design.