Dundalk man behind launch of Mini’s first electric model
A Dundalk man has played a key role in the launch of Mini’s first electric model.
The Mini Cooper SE will go on sale in Ireland later this year at a price of €27,765 or €309 per month on a PCP finance plan.
The brand is claiming it is the first small car to run solely on battery electric power in the premium segment.
Behind this is Dundalk man James Redmond.
He has been working to integrate the new battery electric powertrain into the existing Mini bodyshell and reckons that the car will make some serious electric waves when it arrives.
“This feels like a pretty pivotal moment, jumping into the electric car world. We’ve got a car that’ll make serious headlines for its performance, so with the 60th anniversary, it’s super to see where it’s going to go,” Redmond told The Irish Times.
“The battery pack weighs around 250kg all on its own, so it is heavier than a standard car for sure. That’s more than a full fuel tank. We had to modify the rear seat a little to fit the battery pack in there, so there’s a few extra kilos. It really shifts though, it feels like a John Cooper Works to drive. My daily car is an E46 M3 3.2-litre at the moment, and the Mini BEV does not disappoint when it comes to acceleration. And it has such good handling too. We’ve changed the dampers and the suspension, in part to make sure that it doesn’t sit up like a tractor. But no, it looks perfect and it feels perfect.”
The claimed range on a full charge is between 235km and 270km, and it has very brisk performance – 0-100km/h in just 7.3seconds thanks to a 184hp, 270Nm electric motor.
Mini says luggage space is not affected by the intrusion of the battery pack and standard equipment includes a new digital dashboard, connected navigation including real-time traffic information (RTTI), LED headlights and tail lights.
The new EV can be charged at a household socket, wall-box or public charging stations; fast direct-current charging is possible at up to 50 kW.
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