MINI is going green and so far we’ve only seen their electric concept when it debuted last summer. Since then we haven’t seen hide or hair of a test mule, until now.
CarScoop’s spy photographers managed to spot a camouflaged electric MINI prototype undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden and they took a few shots of it while the car was being transported on a truck in Munich. Known for its harsh winters, many manufacturers take to the country’s frozen tracks for data on how their vehicles will fair in the colder months. MINI is no different and their engineers are probably analyzing how the EV’s powertrain will handle the Northern Hemisphere’s colder months.
How did they know it was the MINI EV you ask? The automaker took the liberty of putting a decal on its side, proclaiming it to be an “electric test vehicle”. Of course the lack of exhaust pipes gave it away as well as a sealed front grille.
Looking at what’s not covered, we’re shown a body that’s almost identical to the gas powered two-door Mini Hardtop model. They even have that little hood vent even though there’s no need for one without an ICE engine. Though small features have been added to improve the prototypes aerodynamics including air extractor slot behind the front wheels.
Expected to hit showroom floors in 2019 as a 2020 model, we hoping to see a production ready prototype with at least 200 miles of range debut late this year or early next year.