New all-electric Mini Cooper makes debut
BMW Group plans CO2 neutral introduction of urban cruiser Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – January 15, 2020
Last updated 6/27/2020 at 5:06am
BMW Group is rolling out its new Mini Cooper SE, an all-electric version of this popular urban cruiser that is all about locally emission-free mobility.
Powered by a 135-kilowatt, 184-horsepower electric motor, the new Mini Cooper SE accelerates from zero to 37 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour) in 3.9 seconds and from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.3 seconds. Its space-saving high-voltage lithium-ion battery, located in the vehicle floor, enables a range of 235 to 270 kilometers (146 to 168 miles) on a single charge.
One of the great things about this car is it can be charged from a conventional household socket outlet. For faster home charging, Mini also offers the Electric Wallbox, which can fully charge the car in about three hours. The Mini Copper SE also comes with a three-phase cable that allows for up to 50 kW capacity at rapid charging stations, or roughly an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes.
The Mini Cooper SE will officially be launched at an event later this month in Miami, Florida. Keeping with the zero-emissions sustainability this new all-electric car offers, the international roll out will be carried out in a completely carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral manner.
The cars available for test drives at the media event will be powered up exclusively with electricity from renewable sources.
The CO2 emissions generated by the arrival and departure of the Mini team and journalists from all regions of the world are offset by the purchase of environmental certificates. Compensation will also be paid for all other greenhouse gases that cannot be avoided in connection with the event.
The certificates acquired for this purpose will benefit a wind energy project in South America selected according to the highest international standards.
Proceeds from the acquisition of these certificates will be used to expand the Peralta wind farm in Uruguay. There, 25 turbines will cover the electricity needs of around 50,000 households. This will help to further increase the share of renewable energy in Uruguay's electricity mix and supports the country's plan to achieve complete climate neutrality by 2030.
In addition, the environment certificate purchases support a project for the use of wind energy in Argentina's Patagonia region.
BMW Group understands that the lithium-ion batteries in the Mini Cooper SE and the numerous other electric-hybrid and fully electric models it plans to roll out in the coming years will require new and sustainable sources of lithium, cobalt, graphite, nickel and other materials. As such, the German automaker is being proactive in securing contracts to directly purchase these minerals and metals. Find out more in Plenty of lithium to go around for now in the current edition of Metal Tech News.