It has received pre-bookings for all 30 units of the Cooper SE electric allocated for India in the first batch. Under the hood of the new electric Mini Cooper SE will have a 32.6kWh battery pack that produces 270Nm of torque. The model can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 7.3 seconds, all the way up to an electronically limited top speed of 150 kmph. The carmaker claims that the Cooper SE can return a range of 270kms on a full charge, based on the WLTP cycle.
In terms of design, the electric Mini Cooper SE will be offered as a three-door model and feature oval headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, a hexagonal-shaped grille, colored ORVMs, and an insert for the grille. Also on offer are 17-inch alloy wheels with a unique, squared design.
The Mini Cooper SE electric comes with an 11kW or a 50kW charger, it is capable of fast-charging from 0-80 percent in 35 minutes via a 50kW charge point, while a 11kW wall box can charge it from 0-80 percent in 150 minutes – or 210 minutes on a full charge.
The electric hatchback will arrive in India as a completely built unit (CBU) at prices likely to be around Rs 50 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Mini Cooper SE will also be the first all-electric model to go on sale in India from the BMW Group. And we know that BMW group does not have a global long term vision for electric cars. They are still dilly dallying by investing in Hydrogen cars and are launching compliance electric cars in small numbers.
And with regards to Hydrogen, we are truly shocked by the nonsense I see in the comments of many EV articles. These armchair idiots don't understand the reality of Hydrogen. The physics, the mathematics and the chemistry all point to the fact that battery electric cars are far more efficient and far superior than Hydrogen cars will ever be. It takes more energy to run a hydrogen car compared to a battery electric car. Also these idiots don't understand that 99.9% of hydrogen is created from fossil fuels. Also there are serious safety issues with Hydrogen. In a car, we would rather sit on top of safe LFP batteries than sit over explosive Hydrogen canisters.
The car has a battery pack that is slightly larger than the Tata Nexon EV. But we can expect 250+ km of range on the highway as the car is smaller. Ultimately we feel this is more of a PR exercise by BMW India. To import paltry 30 units is pathetic. What can you say. You can't blame BMW India, if the parent company does not have an EV vision.