Plug-in hybrid promises fun-to-drive dynamics in a zero emissions package.
MINI has announced plans to bring the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model to the market. It features a combustion engine and an electric motor. The motor transmits power to the rear wheels, while the combustion engine powers the front wheels.
“With this model we want to convince MINI customers of the benefits of hybrid drive”, says Sebastian Mackensen, head of MINI brand management, “and impress everyone who already has hybrid driving experience with MINI’s unique go-kart driving feel.”
Head of MINI series management, Peter Wolf, says, “The hybrid MINI makes full use of the electric motor’s entire torque, which is available right from standstill, allowing for catapult-like acceleration. Even after leaving the slower pace of the city, this vehicle maintains its zero-tailpipe emissions at motorway speeds.”
The company says the new MINI Hybrid will be able to achieve speeds of up to 125 km/h on electric power alone.