Classic Mini Joins EV Club

The diminutive Mini is the latest classic car being converted into a zero emission vehicle to cope with expected urban clean air legislation.

UK automotive technology company Swindon Powertrain has announced plans to build a limited number of classic Minis with an all-electric powertrain. Its car, dubbed the Swind E Classic Mini, couples a fully-restored body designed by the legendary Sir Alec Issigonis with a BEV powertrain.

In this way the vehicle retains its tiny highway footprint while boasting a healthy 80kw electric motor and single transmission. Yet, while the car remains cute and small, the price tag of the 100-vehicle run is anything but starting at £79,000 ($101,805). However, the manufacturer claims its 24kWh lithium ion battery can be fully charged in four hours, has a range of 125 miles with regenerative braking, a 0-60mph sprint time of 9.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 80mph.

With the fuel petrol tank no longer needed, luggage space is increased to 200 liters and standard features include USB charging ports, underfloor heating, heated leather seats and front and rear windscreen. The car follows on from Aston Martin‘s project to convert classic models into zero emission vehicles.

Swindon Powertrain’s managing director Raphael Caillé, said: “The classic Mini has such a special place in people’s hearts, not only in the UK but around the world. Its compact size and good visibility, together with contemporary performance and handling, makes it a car you’ll want to drive in the city and put a smile on your face.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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