The upcoming Electric Mini Cooper won’t hit the market anytime sooner than 2020, but BMW has created a one-off electric car based on the classic Mini for the New York Auto Show. Ahead of its official debut at the motoring show in the United States, the automaker has released the first set of photographs of the original mini in red with an electric powertrain. Although, there is absolutely no chance that this beautiful machine will be available on sale, but with the classic electric Mini, the marque wants to demonstrate its commitment towards electric mobility.
As of now, no details on the classic electric Mini have been made public, but the company has confirmed that it retains all the key characteristics of the original, especially its nippy driving dynamics. This one-off paves the way for the brand’s first all-electric vehicle that is currently under development and will be unveiled in 2019. “We always joke and say if Issigonis was to invent the Mini today, it would definitely be an electric car,” said Mini boss Sebastian Mackensen in an interview with Autocar UK. “It is the answer to current challenges, as the original Mini was in 1959.”