As part of MINI’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the iconic brand is expanding its lineup of all-electric vehicles with the fully-electric MINI Countryman. With a range of 450 km and environmentally friendly production, the MINI Countryman is leading the brand’s push towards locally emission-free electromobility.
The MINI Countryman was already a popular choice for consumers, thanks to its stylish design and spacious interior. Now, with the addition of an electric motor, the Countryman is set to become an even more attractive option for eco-conscious drivers.
The electric motor in the MINI Countryman delivers 140 kW/191 hp, while the MINI Countryman SE ALL4 boasts an impressive 230 kW/313 hp thanks to two highly integrated drive units on the front and rear axles. The battery capacity is 64.7 kWh, providing a range of around 450 km.
Not only is the MINI Countryman good for the environment on the road, but it’s also environmentally friendly in production. The brand has gone to great lengths to reduce the carbon footprint of the new electric model, including using recycled polyester obtained from PET bottles and carpet remnants for the surfaces of the dashboard, steering wheel, vehicle headliner, floor, and floor mats. Additionally, the brand has dispensed with all decorative elements in the exterior and interior, and the cast light-alloy wheels are made from up to 70 percent secondary aluminum.
The new MINI Countryman is not the only example of MINI’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. The BMW Group’s “green plant” at the Leipzig site includes four wind turbines with a height of 190 meters on the factory premises, which could generate more than 20 GWh of electricity from wind energy per year. Additionally, up to 700 second-life high-voltage batteries from BMW i3 vehicles are used to store energy in the Battery Farm, which can be used to optimise local energy management and keep the electrical grid stable.
MINI is also expanding its on-site e-component production capacity by eight production lines by 2024 and investing more than 800 million euros. The decarbonisation of production by replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen is the focus of what is already one of the most modern and sustainable automotive production facilities in the world.
The MINI Countryman is the latest addition to the MINI brand’s product offensive of all-electric models. According to the brand, every fifth MINI is already electric today, and the push towards locally emission-free electromobility is only going to continue.
The all-electric MINI Countryman is an exciting new addition to the MINI lineup. With a range of 450 km and environmentally friendly production, the MINI Countryman is leading the brand’s push towards locally emission-free electromobility.