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.

Mini Countryman hybrid
Mini Countryman hybrid
Mini Countryman hybrid

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.

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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.

Source: Mini

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