The Mini Cooper SE 2020 targets urban performance beyond the exurban beach. And the performance is exceptional. The life of the battery will be better suited to urban / suburban driving than treks on vacation. According to Mr Mini, the SE will travel between 235 and 270 km on the basis of tests conducted in Europe. Some reports say that the EPA range will be as low as € 114,000 per charge, while pricing in the US should start between $ 35,000 and $ 38,000 based on European pricing, although conversions from the euro to dollars can be simplistic.
Some drawbacks relate to the origin of the car: The three-door hatchback body is based on a Mini design dating back to 2014. The powertrain is based on the first-generation BMW i3, which dates back to 2013. Upgraded in both next years, and the electric Mini should follow.
Mini took advantage of the occasion of the Formula E race in Brooklyn to invite a dozen writers and automotive writers to try the new car on the 1.5 mile track. (Once the professionals have finished the race for the day.) Flat driving was not possible on a narrow track. What was clear was how fast the car was accelerating at speeds such as the one you felt when you racked up steam when you entered a freeway ramp or when you turned to a red light that had turned yellow. There is very little inclination even at the 180 degree turn of the track.
More importantly, when you press a console button for maximum regeneration, the resistance provided by the generator charging the battery effectively takes over braking tasks. Driving in a very close wave of five similar Minis, the release of the throttle immediately dramatically slowed my car down for the next turn. It was enough for me to brake the brakes several times on a 15 lap track, usually when the pre-collision warning indicator was flashing on the head-up display. (The PCS warning provides sufficient notice.)
If you have already practiced karting, you feel the same feeling of a pedal: as soon as you release the throttle, you brake. If you do not have kite, it's like being on a riding mower when you lift it. (If you have not been on the mower yet, well, it's exciting for 15 minutes.) For drivers who find that maximum regeneration is disturbing, at least in the beginning, you can operate the switch for a more minimal braking regeneration.
To complement the urban sporting experience, Mini offered night tours during the weekend race. In this case, the cars were driven by professionals of the company, because it was difficult enough to drink at 18 hours without drinking (the FIA race sponsor has a 0 alcohol rule, 0% for all those who go on the track) and impossible to do it. arrive at 22 hours without a cocktail or two.
In Brooklyn and Manhattan, where there were a lot of people, it was an ideal car to move at night, many times, with zero emissions. This is a good car for two, although this two-door has seat belts for five. At 152 inches long (over 12 feet), it's easy to find openings in traffic and then on the sidewalk.
The Mini Cooper SE (American name) / Mini Electric (European name) is a front-drive car with front drive. The 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery forms a T that sits between the front seats and under the rear seats. The electric motor has a nominal power of 135 kW or 181 US and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). This is a graft of the BMW i3 carbon fiber urban vehicle, or Mini, "The drive technology comes from the BMW Group's competence centers for electromobility in Dingolfing and Landshut (Germany). ). " The production is in Oxford, England. .
The battery / engine combination is suitable for 7.3 seconds strokes at 0-100 km / h (0 to 62 mph). It feels particularly strong at 30 mph. The low position of the battery packs lowers the center of gravity of the car by 30 mm (1.2 inches). You will have to work to roll this Mini. It weighs 1,365 kg (3,010 pounds), or 145 kg (320 pounds) more than the Cooper S gasoline engine with automatic transmission. The maximum speed is 93 mph. Charging is possible from a 12-volt outlet, a wall-mounted AC charger or a public charging station, including the 50 kW DC fast charge. At 50 kW, you get 80% charge in 35 minutes.
Electronic components include Apple CarPlay, a 5.5-inch multi-information display in the dashboard, and a 6.5-inch LCD screen forming a large circle at the top center of the stack.
The car is shipped to the United States for a year and a half. But judgments are being formed. Some of the early press reports / analysts say that it would cost a lot of money for a car traveling only 114 km in the United States. (Ed Kim, an analyst at AutoPacific, says it's a good price / performance ratio for the EV 2015). Prices in the United States should be in the mid-thirties for a Mini. This is a bit better value for money at 140-150 miles (European WLPT rating). BMW executives said they did not want to impose a higher price on the Mini Cooper SE. Our US starting price estimate of $ 35,000 to $ 39,000 is a simple conversion of the British price of £ 27,900 or European price of £ 34,400. There will be three cut lines: Signature, Signature Plus and Iconic.
At a press conference held in Brooklyn last weekend, Pieter Note, a member of BMW's board of directors for brand-name sales, was mistreated by his half, who said that A short-range EV was more of an urban than suburban car, yet most urban areas, especially New York City, have a limited number of loading stations. (BMW and Mini have a relationship with the ChargePoint network.) And, according to the writers and editors living in the Big Apple, when you go to a garage that claims to offer charging electric vehicles, it may that he is not the type to work properly. , or there is no free loading space. This is not a BMW-Mini problem, however.
The real problem of BMW Mini lies in the future of Mini: it is primarily a brand of sedans / coupes at a time when SUV dominate. The electrification could boost sales of Mini, which peaked at 66,502 in the US in 2013 and which had led Mini to say that they would sell 100,000 vehicles a year by 2020. Instead, they are only 43,684 last year and could be only 36,000 this year. , based on cumulative sales of less than 18,000 in June. Mini's problems may be one of the reasons why President Harald Krueger chose not to seek an extension of his contract, which will expire next year.
Our interpretation is that the range – say 140 km – is a little disappointing in terms of price. But Mini needed to put an EV on the market. His prototype, released in 2008, was made available to 400 enthusiasts and had a lot of time to digest their comments. (One of them was that they did not like replacing the backseat, which shows how much technology has come in. Now, the back seat is back.) That should have already been. We assume that the Mini Cooper SE will remain in service for 2-3 years, then we will see a significantly improved version using the new BMW-Mini technology. BMW will ship the iX3 – an electric X3 battery – in about a year, with a 300 hp engine and a battery that can travel 250 miles with a charge. The next electric mini will probably use a smaller version of this engine.
Meanwhile, for the price of what the Mini Cooper is likely to cost, you can get Tesla Model 3, Kira Niro EV, Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf Plus with 226 to 258 miles or range. Only the Tesla corresponds to Mini as a perceived luxury brand, which may justify some of the prices. Or for $ 30,000, you could get a 150-mile Nissan Leaf. Mini must rely on the pleasure factor to seduce buyers. Whether: fun and fast.
Mini now offers a plug-in hybrid version in its larger model, the Countryman. Like all Mini, the plug-in is a fun to drive, with large instrument clusters and toggle switches. But, oh, compromises: the small battery adds only 12 km of electric autonomy. The more electric gas range is about 270 miles. The suspension is rigid, the wheelbase is short and the driving can be agitated. The car weighs less than two tons. Our test car has cost more than $ 45,000 and the cheapest rechargeable Countrymen hybrid is in its thirties. The base prices do not include a lot of assistance to driver safety and no money will allow you to detect blind spots.
The strongest competition from Mini comes from the neighboring dealer with the blue and white propeller logo. BMW sells the Mini more or less like the BMW X1. They look very different, but they are built around the same front-drive business chassis.
PHEV Mini S E – Many stories have it like Mini SE without space – uses a 134-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine (turbocharged, because otherwise you have a good driving engine) to drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. An electric motor of 87 hp feeding a lithium-ion battery of 7.6 kWh feeds the rear. Together, they produce 221 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rated the car at 27 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on a highway, 27 mpg combining gasoline and 65 MPGe. But if you want to get 65 MPG, you'll have to hook up the car every night, and there may be times – human nature and all – you can say, maybe not tonight, I'll just pick up 12 miles of range. But with only a 9.5-gallon tank, you have a range of about 230 km for gasoline, allowing you to use 8.5-gallon fuel capacity.
The problem is that you will need a full charge of electrons on board every morning to be able to use the engine at will, as a second turbocharger. Electric motors provide maximum torque at 0 rpm, when gas engines are the weakest. Having electronic power at the rear is a way to get a full transmission without operating a drive shaft and a differential with respect to the rear axle. Toyota hybrids have been doing this for years.
When you press the accelerator, the car advances in the space of 6 to 7 seconds, depending on who is holding the stopwatch and who is hitting the accelerator. This is good. The engine offers quick getaways at the red light. It's fast around the country roads. Where this Mini falls is on the average American way. A wheelbase of only 105 inches provides rough driving on all surfaces, except for the smoothest surfaces. Repeating politics for a moment: Republicans, Democrats and independents all want better infrastructure, but they can not stop quarreling over which piggy bank to plunder to pay for the job.
The front passenger saloon is good and the saloon at the back is passable. The minis lack cup holders and storage space.
By far, the Minis are pretty much alike: they are small and look like hatchbacks. Most have sports versions (Cooper S) and serious (John Cooper Works). You can see the family resemblance dating back to the late 1950s and the original Mini Cooper designed by Sir Alec Issigonis. This first Mini around 1959 was really Mini, measuring only 120 inches long. (The smallest car in the United States today is the two-seat Smart Fortwo, 106 inches long.) The base Mini Cooper now sold is 151 inches long (two doors) or 157 inches long. inches long (four doors). The Countryman tested here measures 170 inches long, 72 inches wide and 61 inches tall. Between the two, the Mini Clubman measures 168 x 71 x 57. The Minis Coupé and Roadster models were abandoned after 2015 because they were too close to the hardtop and the Mini Cooper convertible. There was also the three-door variant of the Countryman called the Paceman; he died after 2016.
The Basic Mini Country S E All 4 Basic costs $ 37,800 (including shipping costs: $ 850) and includes a panoramic roof, sports seats and a 6.5-inch center screen. The Signature ($ 40,250) includes a touch-screen multimedia information system, heated seats, a keyless entry system, dual-zone climate control and climate control, as well as braking systems in case of collision and emergency alarm. The Iconic ($ 45,250) includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and headlamps / LED lights. Additional driver safety fees: $ 850 for Adaptive Cruise Control, Front / Rear Parking Sound and Parking Assist.
The Countryman SE All4 was created to enhance the appeal of the Mini among environmentally motivated buyers, such as motivating them with a range of 12 kilometers, as well as for buyers wishing to benefit from a tax credit ( $ 4,100) or preferred parking status in certain garages and office complexes where shippers are installed. near the main elevator or the entrance of employees. But the car also provides more power than the non-PHEV Minis and costs less than the total performance of John Cooper Works.
It lacks an adaptive damping system, which means that shocks adapt to road conditions. The absence of adaptive suspension could be a hindrance for spouses and partners who admire the appearance of your Mini, but who have learned the lessons of a trying experience, not to apply cosmetic products while the car is driving. Lipstick plus potholes more equal equals war painting.
Mini is the small high-end car in the United States. The Smart, belonging to Mercedes, is cute in Europe but is not sold here. the moment you add all the airbags and more, you pay the same as for Hyundai or Toyota with a space for four people, which most Americans value more than you can almost park two Smart cars laterally in a parallel parking space. The Honda Fit is a fabulous little car, between the Basic Cooper and the Countryman / Clubman.
What sells the Minis, it's their originality, their sportiness (real and unimagined) and their huge variety of options (most Minis are factory-ordered, not sold.) Reliability is around the average now Consumer Reports ranks 15 out of 28 brands in its 2019 reliability ranking of car brands.The competition is that of other premium compact SUVs, most of which have higher visibility and load capacity bigger.
If you're interested in the Countryman S All4, be sure to take an extended test drive and take any family member who can make your life miserable if you ignore his opinions. If you can unravel the car for the weekend, better yet.
You will probably find: 1. A cute car. 2. manages well. 3. 12 miles on battery is not much. 4. Steep ride. 5. Driver safety helps some competitors set a standard that will cost you more than $ 1,000. 6. Blind spot detection is not available. 7. A sufficient load space for two people on weekends (but there is the roof rack). Mini is an intriguing brand and carries the aura of a luxury car, it costs $ 50K (although some models do).
You may have trouble understanding the reason for such a modest range reserved for electric vehicles, even though you know that the electric motor serves to constantly improve the performance of the car. Plus, if you look at the diffuser, not just the PHEV, you may find that the turbo-three engine (other than the PHEV model examined here) is not enough, so look at the turbo-four models.
If you want everything electric, hold on tight. The purely electric Mini S E will debut this summer and (but) it focuses on sports performance and not on maximum reach. An average demonstration mini was to have a battery of 33 kWh and a range of about 110 miles with a weight of 265 pounds more than the Mini Cooper petrol engine. First deliveries to customers are expected in November.
BROOKLYN – Mini is working to prepare the future of American cities (trendy) with its portfolio. The American branch of Mini is behind a start-up incubator, the Urban-X Accelerator, aimed at helping nascent businesses that make the city of the future even more livable. Even though some of the startups' core offerings will compete for cars and crossovers that Mini does not sell.
Mini works in the trendiest neighborhood of New York, Brooklyn. Recently, Urban-X formed its fifth cohort of startups developing products such as free city shuttles, smarter garbage collection, automating the construction of new buildings and creating more efficient ways to sell used clothing. If startups are doing well, Mini will benefit.
Urban-X is based in the upscale Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, near Manhattan, in a renovated building – sorry, creative space – called A / D / O. When the facade of the building was modified during the reconstruction, the designers ensured that the graffiti on the front wall was not damaged. Urban authenticity and everything. It was the scene of a moving ceremony that was remarkable because six startups were polite and spoke well. Nobody looked at their shoes while talking and their shoes were not scuffed. It is useful for A / D / Os to have a nine-panel television network to tell their story to an audience of investors, opinion leaders and the media.
As to why Mini did this – not just to move people into Minis with hybrid and electric engines, then for autonomous driving – Urban-X's general manager, Micah Kotch, said:
Mini has always been an essentially urban brand. It was launched in the late 1950s in response to a particular urban problem, namely the first gasoline crisis. Thus, the creative use of space, the transversal engine developed by Sir Alec Issigonis, was and remains at the heart of the DNA of a company focused on inventiveness and creativity. Mini provides a better solution for city dwellers.
Polish presenter is important because of the audience included the venture capital companies of both coasts to bring them to a higher level. "You can have a very good story and, if you can not tell it, it's hard for people to understand what you're working on, what your vision is and where you're going," says Kotch.
Until now, Urban-X has worked with 37 companies. The accelerator program lasts 20 weeks, on A / D / O premises, with field visits "to the US, Europe, Asia and beyond" – Buzz Lightyear's call – and selected companies get a $ 150,000 grant to help founders think more about the product than less about raising money at A / D / O. Recent graduates and their backgrounds were:
Circuit (formerly The Free Ride, photo above and above) is a fully electric short-range carpool company that provides city dwellers with free and sustainable transportation. It is based on a three-row GEM electric scooter that looks like a three-row weatherproof golf cart with seatbelts. This also looks like the rolling billboard, which provides about four fifths of the operating revenue. The balance is recovered by a municipality that wants to reduce congestion, for example from a tourist office or a local company. Advertisements are not as big as on billboard trucks, but these vehicles do not burn fuel because ads run in the city.
On the circuit of the Americas, the racecourse that hosts music festivals and, in October, the US Grand Prix, the company provides transportation on the last kilometer of a Uber landing site at the track itself. Circuit offers itineraries in the Hamptons, South Florida, the Jersey Shore and California.
Borrow leases on a special niche market: people who wish to rent a VE for three to nine months. Borrow calls this a subscription. Short-term leases are managed by traditional car rental agencies and longer-term leases by car dealerships. Borrow purchases used electric vehicles, whose early amortization is greater than that of combustion-engine cars, and finds a buoyant market for long-stay business travelers who want to be environmentally friendly , people with a seasonal home who do not have a permanent car in each of them. at home and do not want to move their own car, and EV aspirants who want to try before buying.
A Platinum vehicle like the Tesla Model S costs $ 1,100 for a nine-month lease and $ 1,499 for a three-month lease. Plus insurance: use your own carrier or borrow a supplement. A premium car, the 13-foot BMW i3, costs $ 525 / $ 575 / $ 625 a month for nine, six or three months. A city car, the Fiat 500e, costs $ 400 / $ 450 / $ 500 a month. The campus car, the Smart for Two, costs $ 200 / $ 250 / $ 300.
Exciting says it's "the first dedicated e-commerce platform for vintage and used stores, reducing carbon footprints, waste and water." to make it easier for buyers to find what they want, sell them online and send the initial store check, less than 30%. It's a clever operation, not quite up to the venture capital funds of a car company. But it's exciting to see a lot of clothing at a location compared to the more limited selection of second-hand or vintage clothing stores that you might find one block away from the A / D / O incubator. And if the places As in independent bookshops, local people are disappearing, how many places are there where the owner can bring a cat to work?
Treau sell energy-efficient air conditioning (and heating if necessary) for urban buildings that lack central air conditioning and rely on inefficient (and relatively expensive) wall units. They are intended for older buildings that can not be serviced centrally by air ducts or where it is impossible to install split systems including a compressor / condenser on the roof, gas for Cooled cooling in the hoses of each unit and an air treatment system each unit.
GreenQ is a Tel Aviv company that manufactures trucking systems to improve logistics, diversion and recycling. The sensors see how much waste and what type are collected at each stop. This determines how often each customer or building should be serviced. Fewer garbage trucks will need to wander, foul and pollute the noise of city streets. GoFund, a start-up that finds a way to reduce or eliminate hydraulic shocks and noises, would delight many city dwellers. This is not currently on the company map, but if the truck calculates the weight of each pickup, customers could be rewarded for creating less waste.
toggle regards the automation of the creation of reinforcement forms. This seems dull and probably dull, but there is huge potential to reduce the cost of new commercial construction. A brief backgrounder: Most buildings with more than one or two floors are cast cement, plus steel beams. Concrete resists gravity very well, but requires reinforced steel wire and reinforcing bar – bars – on the inside to enhance flexural strength. It takes a lot of work, the metalworkers are not cheap and they are rare. Toggle will manufacture the rebar forms at a Brooklyn plant and then truck them to the site, reducing congestion on the jobsite. In the future, work could be done on site in a poorly designed packaging container. Toggle says building "an automated process using software and industrial robotics to reduce costs and increase productivity of construction projects", which could go beyond the frame bars.
Buildstream (formerly GearBuddy) claims to use "Internet of Things" technology and machine learning to digitize all aspects of construction, including equipment such as bulldozers and trucks, to make construction more efficient, more effective and safer. "The equipment is on site, it can be a mine site extending over several thousand, and if replacement equipment is available." On each machine the witness vibration is recorded to predict how far away the machine is from, and also if a component is about to fail.
Urban-X is part of the extensive investment operation BMW i-Ventures, which also has offices in Silicon Valley. i-Ventures was launched in 2011 in the lower part of Manhattan, then in 2017 in Palo Alto, California, in order to get closer to the place of venture capital firms. Now the BMW group, which includes Mini, is back in New York at a time when Big Apple technology is heating up. Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Spotify, Facebook and Amazon all have a large footprint. Cornell and Israel's Technion Institute have joined forces to build the Cornell Tech Campus, which hosts engineering graduates and commercial activities on Roosevelt Island in the East River, just steps from would have been the Amazon HQ2 campus. (And perhaps again, there are very few areas in the United States that can recruit 25,000 technology workers for an expansion project.)
The Brooklyn Incubator is also supported by Urban Us, a first-stage investor for "startups that rethink cities".