Mini Elec­tric Concept makes its North Amer­i­can de­but

Regina Leader-Post - - DRIVING - AN­DREW MCCREDIE Driving.ca

What is it? An all-elec­tric ver­sion of the beloved Bri­tish icon, this three-door hard­top is ru­moured to be set for pro­duc­tion in 2019. This isn’t the first go-round of a Mini EV dur­ing the sec­ond com­ing of the brand, now in the ca­pa­ble hands of BMW. Back in 2008, a fleet of 600 Mini Es was pro­duced. They never made it to mar­ket, but this one will. Why does it mat­ter? Any all­new all-elec­tric ve­hi­cle avail­able to Cana­dian con­sumers mat­ters, as the more op­tions they have the more likely they are will­ing to dip their toe into the elec­tric seg­ment. No word on the range of the Mini EV, but ex­pect its lithium-ion bat­tery pack to crest the all-im­por­tant 200-kilo­me­tre marker. When is it com­ing? With world­wide pro­duc­tion slated for 2019, and Canada’s re­spectable adop­tion num­bers when it comes

to EVs, ex­pect the Mini EV to ar­rive that year, though most likely in the lat­ter half.

Should you buy it? If you’re look­ing for a zero-emis­sion ur­ban run­about that is in­fused with that unique, fun-to-drive Mini-vibe, yes you should. Don’t count on happy rear-seat pas­sen­gers though, be­cause the space back there — to say noth­ing about climb­ing in — is ap­pro­pri­ate only for pas­sen­gers strapped into car seats.

DEREK MCNAUGHTON/DRIVING

Mini Elec­tric concept

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