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Featuring a hefty price tag and a relatively low driving range would seem to make the Mini Electric one of the less-appealing EVs on the market. It is, however, one of the more convincing city cars.
The three-door electric Mini has been on sale in Australia since 2020, but its launch was lost in the COVID-19 lockdowns.
So Mini had another bite of the cherry on World Electric Vehicle Day on September 9. Given the latest VFACTS numbers showing a significant shift towards EV uptake, it was a smart move.
That said, the on-paper numbers are underwhelming compared to newer rivals. The electrified Mini Classic starts at $55,650 before on-road costs and runs up to $63,000 for the Resolute version. That’s around $10,000 dearer than a comparable petrol-powered Mini.
It also has a claimed maximum range of just 233 kilometres on the WLTP cycle, meaning you’ll be looking to recharge well before the trip meter has 200km on the display.
That probably won’t deter people who want a classy, urban electric runabout. Climate-conscious types who would normally gravitate to the regular Mini for its style and substance will have a long hard look at the Mini Electric.
Adding to the Mini’s value is the fact that owners who buy it through Mini Finance will pick up five years of free charging through the Chargefox network - the largest EV infrastructure in Australia and powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.