Electric conversion programme for the classic Mini

Electric conversion programme for the classic Mini
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BMW is opening up a programme to convert a UK classic car, the Mini, with a battery pack, inverter and electric motor.
By Nick Flaherty

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Following a on-off prototype conversion in 2018, a dedicated team has been set up at the Mini plant Oxford to offer conversion to customers who own a classic Mini.

The original Mini was launched in 1959, created during an oil crisis and based on the idea of saving fuel and transporting four occupants and their luggage in the smallest possible footprint. BMW sells an electric version of the new Mini, built in Oxford.

During the conversion, Mini Recharged makes reversible changes to the substance of the vehicle, making it possible to restore the classic Mini to its original condition at a later date. During the conversion, the original engine of each vehicle is marked and stored so it can be reused in the event of a future retrofit of the classic Mini.

An electric drive replaces the engine to generate a continuous output of up to 90 kW and accelerates the electrified classic Mini from zero to 100 km/h in approximately nine seconds. The energy is supplied by a high-voltage battery, which can be charged with an output of up to 6.6 kW and enables a predicted range of around 160nm. Every electrified classic Mini from MINI Recharged receives the characteristic central instrument cluster, which now displays the drive temperature, the selected gear, range and speed.

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