MINI showcases Electric Concept at IAA 2017 in FrankfurtBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 5 September 2017 | Categories: News
Late last year news broke that BMW and MINI would be working on all-electric versions for specific models of its cars by the end of 2019. While the latter has not detailed precisely which of its cars would be going the full electric route, it has now provided us with a preview of what such a vehicle may look like with the Electric Concept.
The new electric vehicle (EV) will be making its way to the IAA Cars 2017 auto show in Frankfurt, which kicks off in mid-September, with the company also noting that a full production-level version will be hitting the roads in 2019. At this stage, it's unclear which regions of the globe it will be sold in, but we can at least admire the styling and technology of the Electric Concept.
Along with being battery powered, the Electric Concept also makes use of 3D printing for the aerodynamic inlays of the car, featured on either end of the 19" front wheels. Opting for 3D printing makes the Electric Concept quite light, according to MINI, and could lay the foundation for even more elements of the concept being 3D printed.
Other intriguing aspects include an LED light cluster on the rear that creates an outline of the Union Jack. The Electric Concept also ditches the conventional exhaust pipes and features a reflective paint finish to increase visibility for other drivers at night.
The only missing detail for the Electric Concept is the battery-powered motor that MINI will be utilising, with driving range, top speed and charging times all important factors in determining whether motorists will go for it. Hopefully those details will emerge at IAA Cars 2017 in a couple of weeks’ time.
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