Mini Set to Launch Countryman Plug-In Hybrid
MUNICH—Mini announced plans on Sunday for a plug-in hybrid vehicle based on the Mini Countryman.
The British automaker said it will be the first time that it offers a combustion engine and an electric motor that enables “purely electric propulsion.” The electric Mini will have zero tailpipe emissions as well.
“With this model we want to convince MINI customers of the benefits of hybrid drive,” said Sebastian Mackensen, head of Mini brand management, who added that the vehicle will have Mini’s “unique go-kart driving feel.”
Visually, there is little to differentiate the plug-in hybrid variant from current models. The charging socket is integrated into the car’s side scuttle and the major difference in the cockpit is that the start/stop button glows yellow instead of red. The tachometer has been replaced by a power display that keeps the driver informed of available electric power.
The car’s battery is located under the rear seats and the car can be driven in Auto eDrive mode at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h) while Max eDrive mode supports speeds of up to 78 mph (125 km/h).
Mini uses terms such as “exhilarating,” “uncompromising,” and “driving fun” in describing the plug-in hybrid.
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