Over the years, we here at MINI of Chicago have been able to offer a ton of variations on our popular MINI Cooper model—everything from crossovers to convertibles to roadsters and plenty of good stuff in between. Our latest experiment has MINI engineers dabbling in plug-in electric technology, which could (and should) eventually pave the way for the MINI E to hit MINI Cooper dealers sometime in the next couple of years.
The good folks at Popular Mechanics seem to think that the MINI E has some promise, as they recently named it to their list of the top 10 Plug-In Cars for 2012 and Beyond. We all know that EVs are the wave of the future for the automotive world, and more and more automakers are working on concepts and production models for what should be a pleasant array of electric cars in just a few years.
Where the MINI E stands apart, however, is that it’s a MINI Cooper. Invest in a boxy hatch if you want to, but nowhere will you find this great a combination of efficiency and style. The fact that the E is expected to have a range of 100-120 miles on a single charge only adds to that appeal, since 100 miles is a best-case scenario for a lot of the other EVs already in production or coming soon.
The car’s currently being tested in California, which means if all goes well we could actually have the opportunity to buy this thing in the not-too-distant future. It’s just one more chapter in the great history of the MINI Cooper, and we can’t wait to see what our engineers come up with next.