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Electric MINI nothing to get charged up over

The long-awaited all-electric MINI Cooper SE is expected to hit dealer showrooms in March 2020, but critics already say it’s nothing to get too charged up about.

Based on the BMW i3 power plant, the MINI’s electric motor delivers 135kW/184 hp and maximum torque of 270 Nm. According to BMW, the front-wheel drive SE can reach 37 mph in 3.9 seconds, and zero to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds.

Range is reported to be 146-168 miles and can be fast charged to 80% in 35 minutes. The battery is located where the gas tank normally would be located, and along the center tunnel, providing the same interior luggage room as its gas-powered sibling. Its charging connection uses Type 2 and CSS Combo 2 plugs for AC and DC charging.

The electric MINI will begin production in November at the Oxford, UK, plant. Prices are expected to start around $36,400.

Critics however are predicting disappointment, comparing it to older EVs sold in 2016 that already out perform the MINI SE. Notably the Chevy Bolt that has 50% more range, more horsepower, four doors and can charge faster. The Nissan LEAF also beats the MINI SE with more range and better acceleration.

Want to see more about the MINI Cooper SE? Check out this video from Kelley Blue Book.

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