Classic and electric minis are possible, and the transformation is being carried out by the brand itself – News – Hybrids and Electric

Classic car modernization, also known as restaurant, fashionable. On our page we’ve given you examples of these on many occasions, but most of the time they are external trainers who have nothing to do officially with the brand. Until now. And Mini has taken control Project ‘MINI Recharged’ where you want turn a classic Mini into an electric car with advanced propellers.

The British brand said that if Alec Issigonis could redesign today’s classic Mini, it would have an electric motor. And of course they were right because, after all, The original Mini was conceived as a result of the oil crisis emerged after the Sinai war, which reduced oil supplies to the point where gasoline was rationed in Britain for a time. In other words, the Mini has fuel economy as a premise, a car capable of carrying four passengers with minimal energy expenditure. The search for efficiency which is currently incomprehensible without electric propulsion.

The gasoline engine was replaced with an electric engine with a power of 122 CV.

While there are still a few years to go, Mini has announced that it will stop launching models with internal combustion engines, something many other manufacturers have done. What we may not have seen is the conversion of the classic Minis to electric cars by the manufacturer itself. The idea came in 2018, when the classic electric Mini was built and presented at the New York Auto Show. We didn’t know it at the time, but the good reception it received prompted the team at the Oxford Mini factory to get to work and develop plans to be able to offer the same to customers who already own the classic Mini.

Say it and it’s done. The MINI Recharged project combines the past with the present and the future, the traditional aesthetic of the car with the most modern technology. And all this with the manufacturer’s own quality seal. Therefore, the original Mini classic gasoline engine was replaced by a modern electric motor with 122 hp (90 kW) power. This allows it to be much faster than the original model and do 0-100 km/h in nine seconds. The battery that drives the electric motor provides 160 kilometers of autonomy and can be charged with a maximum power of 6.6 kW.

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The instrumentation retains its original design but with updated indications such as remaining autonomy.

The charger socket is located on the rear left of the car and the brand badge is modified to fit the modern electric MINI. Additionally, every electric classic Mini is equipped with the central instrument cluster typical of the original Mini, which now displays the electric motor temperature, gear selected, remaining range, and speed.

The conversion will allow the car’s useful life to be extended in certain areas with restrictions on the most polluting vehicles where circulation is already prohibited. The classic electric mini can circulate in central London without having to pay environmental taxes, once again becoming part of the urban landscape of the British capital, which was once plagued by these tiny cars. All this, logically, with a very different driving experience from the original model: in silence and with practically instantaneous acceleration.

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Among the changes, all reversible, a new logo adapted to the electric model is also included.

However, just in case any customer regrets it, the conversion has been reversible modification. This allows the Mini classic in question to be restored to its original state later. During the conversion, which is carried out in the UK, the original engine of each vehicle is marked and stored so that it can be reused in the event of a future car conversion. Brands only need to talk about one detail: conversion prices, the amount of which we don’t know.

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