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Hello, new mini SE arrived in November. Very nicely made, currently trying to learn all the options the car provides, including the auto aspect of the drive, not having owned an auto before. Awaiting a smart meter, an off peak tariff and a 7.4 KWh wall charger, using the 13a house supply which is doing quite well. We had a minivan in 1967 which was brilliant if very basic (though it did have a heater) this new one is very well equipped and build quality is super.
 

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Hello, new mini SE arrived in November. Very nicely made, currently trying to learn all the options the car provides, including the auto aspect of the drive, not having owned an auto before. Awaiting a smart meter, an off peak tariff and a 7.4 KWh wall charger, using the 13a house supply which is doing quite well. We had a minivan in 1967 which was brilliant if very basic (though it did have a heater) this new one is very well equipped and build quality is super.
Welcome to the forum @IanR! Is this SE your first Mini since the 1967 one?
 

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Welcome @IanR. Congrats!

What other vehicles were you considering before going with the Mini SE?
Has range been decent so far?
we wanted to replace our reliable but boring Toyota Argo with another small second car, an EV mini was a good option, though the range was a concern. I figured the balance of weight and range would be ok with the mini. I had expected the range fully charged to show at around 130 miles on the car display, but 106miles is the highest at 100% charge so far. I’m not sure if there will be 30 miles left when it goes down to 0% or maybe it will improve when the weather warms up. The cars performance is outstanding, it’s the nearest to a motorbike I have driven.
 

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Welcome. Our Mini is in Manchester - where are you located? It‘s our 3rd concurrent BEV - happy to answer your questions.
 

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We are in St Asaph, Denbighshire.
Our first EV, currently the display shows 100% charge, range 86 miles, if I change the mode to green + it shows 106 miles. I had assumed (!) the range would be over 120 miles without reservations. Still learning how it all works together, really impressed with the way it drives.
 

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we wanted to replace our reliable but boring Toyota Argo with another small second car, an EV mini was a good option, though the range was a concern. I figured the balance of weight and range would be ok with the mini. I had expected the range fully charged to show at around 130 miles on the car display, but 106miles is the highest at 100% charge so far. I’m not sure if there will be 30 miles left when it goes down to 0% or maybe it will improve when the weather warms up. The cars performance is outstanding, it’s the nearest to a motorbike I have driven.
The GOM (guess 'o' meter) is the one thing I don't like about the SE. It is hideously inaccurate, so ignore it. I've had mine for over 2 months, and it still says 180km when I charge to 100%, even though I drove over 200km and charged at 20+%. It doesn't learn. The best thing to do is look at your bars. I get around 250km per full charge (ie 100-0%), or 200km for 100-20%. This translates to around 30km/segment of the battery meter. A quick glance will easily tell you your range (segments x 30km). In miles, that is around 18 miles per segment. Alternatively, you could say 150 city miles range = 1.5 miles/% of battery. Whatever you do, don't look at or listen to the GOM. Even when you reach 0%, you still have 10ish miles left.

I will say that I live in a hot climate, so my range may be different. The best thing to do is to drive normally, then when you charge, work out your efficiency (ie. miles/percent used). So if you travelled 80 miles, and recharged when the battery was at 35%, you can travel:

80/(1 - 0.35) = 80/0.65 = 123 miles. For example, my last top up was after 154km, and 38% left = 248km total range (till empty). Once you establish this figure (for me it is 250km) you can accurately work out your range and ignore the GOM. Hope this helps.
 

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I like Vaders guess-0-meter!
Does anyone know if the remote “climatise now” function heats the high voltage battery pack as well as the car interior? The temperature in the UK now is about 10deg.C (+/-10) so maybe the battery doesn’t get a full charge when it’s cold even when it says 100%? Charging with the heating on might increase the range, even if it took longer (using the restricted home 2kwh charger)?
 

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I like Vaders guess-0-meter!
Does anyone know if the remote “climatise now” function heats the high voltage battery pack as well as the car interior? The temperature in the UK now is about 10deg.C (+/-10) so maybe the battery doesn’t get a full charge when it’s cold even when it says 100%? Charging with the heating on might increase the range, even if it took longer (using the restricted home 2kwh charger)?
Climatise is supposed to heat the battery pack yes (info from our dealer in Essex)
 

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Hi, found this forum by accident. I bought my mini se with the signature package in january of this year in British racing green with a white top
 
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