This Classic Mini Cooper EV Looks Like an Absolute Hoot to Drive

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The white-on-red classic retains the original kart-style driving characteristics of the original auto, but thanks to the retrofitted electric propulsion, the Mini offers instantaneous power delivery making it the ideal pocket rocket.

Sadly, the classic Mini Electric remains a one-off production. As such, an all-new Mini created to be electric from day one, below, will arrive in 2019.

BMW Group - which owns BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad -has been one of the early movers in electric vehicle manufacturer, delivering more than 100,000 EVs to customers worldwide in 2017 alone.

The retro-looking city auto swaps its original four-cylinder petrol engine for lithium-ion batteries. The company hasn't revealed details on the power output, range, charging time and so on, and calls it a singular exercise with "spontaneous power" from a single electric motor. Please let it be more like this one than the current showroom Mini.

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Announced previous year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the production Mini Electric is due in 2019, in time for Mini's 60th anniversary. It is based on one of the last examples of the original vehicle, which went out of production in 2000, a year before the BMW Mini we know today was launched.

The new MINI's electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group's e-mobility centre in Bavaria, Germany, before being integrated into the vehicle at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the three-door Mini. That will be a three-door Cooper, manufactured at the carmaker's Oxford facility. With the distinctive designs on classic models, an electric powertrain is sure to expand their shelf lives.

True to MINI's design character, this classic model is coloured with red paint, and complimented by a white roof and bonnet stripes. There are companies which already do this, and we really hope the original MINI in the electric guise makes its way to the roads too.