Mini is nearly ready to show its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), but the company isn’t saying much about it at this point. Still, based on a few press images of a camouflaged prototype of the new gasoline-electric model, it’s pretty clear that it’ll be based on the next-generation Countryman crossover, which is due to make its debut within the next few months.
Plug-in hybrids can operate as pure electric vehicles, with the engine powered purely by a battery which has been charged at an electric charging point; a hybrid, meanwhile, charges the motor’s battery from its petrol or diesel engine. That’s mean PHEV owners whose journeys remain within the battery’s range can avoid using any petrol or diesel at all. This tech is one of the reasons that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been such an enormous success.
MINI PHEV Features:
It’s almost as if this hybrid MINI isn’t a hybrid at all. You might be deceived by the fact that charging socket is integrated into the left side Scuttle. Then there is also the fact that the car’s chassis and suspension are no different from a conventional MINI. But the looks can indeed be deceiving. The MINI’s battery is just located under the rear seat and eDRIVE components are at the back as well. The gives the car a lowered center of gravity that makes it all the more agile. But wait, there’s more! The electric motor drives the rear wheel while the petroleum engine drives the front. These arrangement allows the car to go into all-wheel drive when drive slip is detected.
Mini made no mention of the all-electric range. However, it just did point out that, based on vehicle’s mode, it can reach speeds of either 50 or 78 mph on electricity alone and if you want to save the battery’s charge for urban driving, there is a ‘Save Battery’ mode available, as well.