August 2019 – MINI announced it had received 45,000 pre-orders for the Mini Electric Vehicle. The pre-orders required a deposit, so they are seen as more substantial than people simply registering interest in the Mini EV src
March 2019 -BMW is about to launch a production Mini EV based on the two-door Cooper model. It’s set to go on sale by the end of 2019, but little is known about the price or the range yet. Guesses have been made because of the similarity to the BMW i3s.
The working range for the Mini Cooper Electric will be around 120 miles, and acceleration will be slow than the 7.7 seconds it takes the BMW i3s to go from 0-62mph – the Mini Cooper SE electric weight about 350 pounds more than the BMW i3s.
As part of BMW’s i Project, the Mini Cooper E was launched at the 2008 L.A. Auto Show. The battery was so large that it took up most of the rear seat space. Only 450 of the electric vehicles were ever offered, and only as part of a lease-only plan in the USA. The price was $850 per month, and there was more demand than there was vehicles.
After BMW’s testing the Mini Electric from 2008 to 2011, they learned that the average driver drove about 25 miles per day.