Around one year after the MINI Cooper SE broke cover, the automaker has put together 11,000 units, with the milestone car celebrated at the Oxford plant in the UK recently.
This is an important achievement for the BMW-owned brand, considering the United Kingdom is its second largest market, with 19 percent of all MINI models sold there being either the electric subcompact hatchback or the plug-in hybrid Countryman. To date, more than 3,000 orders for the Cooper SE came from the UK.
“We’re delighted the MINI Electric is such a success in the UK and that our customers love the car as much as we do. It’s fantastic to see the growing popularity of electrified vehicles – the UK already accounts for nearly a fifth of global MINI Electric and MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid sales and we know that demand is increasing”, said David George, MINI UK’s Director.
Built alongside the ICE-powered versions, production of the zero-emission supermini can be adjusted to meet global demand due to the high level of flexibility at the factory. Next year, MINI expects around a third of the 3-door Hatch models built at Oxford to be fully electric.
Priced at £24,900 ($32,274) locally, including the Plug-in Car Grant, the Cooper SE has a 181 HP (184 PS / 135 kW) and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque electric motor powered by the 32.6 kWh battery. The latter supports DC fast charging and gives it a range of 140-145 miles (225-233 km).
The U.S.-spec model starts from $29,900 and offers an EPA-rated range of 110 miles (177 km).