MINI Converts Classic Cooper Into a Retro Electric Hatch

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Mini USA
has presented a specially-prepared, electrified take on the classic Mini Cooper ahead of the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

The classic Mini Electric is based on a late model run example of the original Cooper. Mini kept details on the electric powertrain to a minimum, so we’re not sure how much power it’s producing or how large the battery is. This show car is mainly intended to promote the Mini brand during the NY Auto Show and help raise awareness for the road-ready version of the Mini Electric Concept, which will enter production at its Oxford plant in England next year.

“The classic Mini Electric combines the historic look of the world’s favorite small car with groundbreaking drive technology for tomorrow’s urban mobility,” the automaker said in a statement. “With this unique vehicle, Mini sends out a clear signal demonstrating its commitment to retaining the brand’s unmistakable character whilst embracing innovative zero local emission technology.

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Mini believes electric powertrains are a solution to common problems drivers experience today – much like how the original Cooper was a solution to a fuel shortage. The characteristics of electric powertrains, i.e. compact dimensions, simple design and responsive torque, also make them a perfect fit for Mini, a brand with a strong appreciation for tininess and zippiness. Mini says the electric motor in the classic Mini Electric “provides a new dimension to the unmistakable go-kart feeling that helped propel the British small car in its original form to worldwide popularity.”

The classic Mini Electric will be on display at the 2018 New York Auto Show from March 30th through to April 8th. Mini is expected to debut the production-ready, two-door hardtop based Mini Electric sometime later this year.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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