Electrifying news from Mini
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