Mini embraces a green future with the launch of its first ever plug-in hybrid model, a Countryman.
Brit carmaker Mini is to embrace a green future after announcing plans to launch a hybrid version of its popular Countryman model. The plug-in hybrid variant will arrive in the UK this summer and will be the car maker’s first foray into true low emissions motoring.
Offering the option of a pure electric driving mode with zero tailpipe emissions, the Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 will launch on June 24 and be priced from £31,585 before the application of the government plug-in car grant.
The car’s hybrid system is made up of a three-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor. Together they generate a combined output of 224hp, enabling the car to sprint from standing to 62mph in 6.8 seconds.
Power from the engine is transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, while the electric motor powers the rear wheels to give the car its all-wheel drive capability.
Only the electric motor is initially active, which results in a virtually noiseless start. Once a driving speed of 50mph is reached, Mini says the combustion engine is ‘gently’ activated. There’s a driver-activated control allowing continued progress under electric power if required, plus a high performance mode letting the car top out at 78mph. The electric range is 25 miles.
Key to the car’s performance is its lithium-ion battery. It can be charged at a conventional household socket or, for increased power input and reduced waiting times, at a wallbox or public charging station. Charging takes between 2:15 and 3:15 hours depending on the outlet used. The high-voltage battery comes with a warranty which lasts for six years or 60,000 miles.
Based on the Countryman’s SE specification, the car boasts satellite navigation, Bluetooth, cruise control, emergency E-call, and a six-speed steptronic automatic transmission. In addition, the car gains model-specific elements such as the “E” emblem on the radiator grille and 17-inch light alloy wheels in Light Spoke design.