British agency Swindon Powertrain has developed an electrical conversion package for the basic Mini.
Obtainable to order now and scheduled to ship in December, the package consists of one among Swindon’s own electric motors (with peak output of 160 horsepower), mounted to a Mini entrance subframe with purpose-designed brackets. A CV joint housing that connects to the unique Mini driveshafts is included, together with an utility particular differential (an open diff is normal, however a limited-slip diff is offered).
Clients have so as to add a battery pack, motor controller, DC-DC converter, and an onboard charger—all of which Swindon gives—individually to finish the setup. Swindon gives a 12-kilowatt-hour battery pack for the Mini conversion.
Basic Mini with EV conversion package from Swindon Powertrain
The value of those parts begins so as to add up rapidly. The fundamental package (together with the motor and drivetrain parts) is listed at £8,850 ($11,535 at present change charges), however the battery pack is £16,000 ($21,0330, the motor controller is £3,860 ($5,074), and the onboard charger is £1,950 ($2,563). That provides as much as greater than the price of a brand new 2020 Mini Cooper SE.
Granted, it is quite a bit cheaper than buying a complete car immediately from Swindon. The corporate unveiled its conversion final yr, with a price ticket equal to about $88,000. That model had a 110-hp motor, 24-kwh battery pack, and some trendy upgrades like USB ports and heated entrance seats, plus elective options like air-con, energy steering, and navigation—luxuries that will have been unimaginable to the primary Mini homeowners.
Swindon is one among quite a few corporations promoting specialised kits to impress basic vehicles, whereas Mini itself converted a classic model in preparation for the introduction of the Mini Cooper SE. French startup Transition One is even providing kits for ordinary economy cars.