Elec­tri­fy­ing news from Mini

South Western Times - - Wheels - EWAN KENNEDY

MINI Coun­try­man plug-in hy­brid is com­ing to Aus­tralia, that's the good news. The bad news is that it won’t be here un­til the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019.

Coun­try­man S E has a 1.5-litre, three-cylin­der turbo-petrol engine that drives the front wheels com­bined with a syn­chro­nous elec­tric mo­tor pow­er­ing the rear axle. Ex­pected pure elec­tric range is 40kms.

In nor­mal driv­ing the Coun­try­man re­lies solely on the elec­tric mo­tor at speeds of up to 80kmh.

Driv­ers can switch be­tween drive modes: In MAX eDrive mode the Coun­try­man S E re­lies on pure elec­tric power at speeds of up to 125kmh.

The de­fault AUTO eDrive blends petrol and elec­tric power, erring to­wards max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency but al­ways adapt­able.

Save Bat­tery mode bi­ases power sup­ply to­wards the turbo-petrol engine, al­low­ing the bat­tery pack to recharge on-the-fly.

A lithium-ion bat­tery pack of­fers 7.6kWh gross ca­pac­ity. Us­ing the sup­plied charg­ing cable, the Coun­try­man can be charged us­ing a stan­dard do­mes­tic socket. Via this method an 80 per cent charge takes about three hours, 15 min­utes.

Cus­tomers can also pur­chase a MINI Wall­box, and the same recharge is com­pleted in only 2 hours, 15 min­utes.

The bat­tery pack car­ries a six year, 100,000km war­ranty.

New Mini Coun­try­man can run solely on its elec­tric mo­tor at speeds of up to 80kmh

The hy­brid Coun­try­man has a 1.5-litre, three-cylin­der turbo-petrol engine

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