How do electric cars work?
HOW DOES MINI ELECTRIC WORK?
It looks just like a MINI. And drives just like a MINI. So what is it that makes MINI Electric so different?
As a fully electric car, MINI Electric gets 100% of its power from the battery, instead of a combustion engine. Get the lowdown on how it all works below.
Electric cars work by receiving energy from the battery, which is converted into power by an electric motor. This power is used to drive the wheels. An electric motor generates more torque, and eliminates the need for a traditional transmission and so the power goes straight to the wheels for instant acceleration. The MINI Electric motor provides 135kW of power, which is equivalent to a max power output of 184 horsepower. This means 200 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels delivering smooth acceleration from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds.
The high voltage lithium-ION battery (1) is arranged in a T-shape and positioned along the length of the vehicle floor. The centre of gravity is much lower than with a petrol-powered MINI, for enhanced stability and agile handling.
The single electric motor (2) is located at the front and directly powers the front wheels. It produces the same power as a 2.0-litre, petrol-powered Cooper S.
The transmission and other integrated electronic systems (3) are located in the front under the bonnet of the new MINI Electric. The charging port (4) is located on the left side scuttle.
If MINI Electric looks familiar from the outside, that’s because it uses the same chassis as the MINI Cooper S. But look closer at the signature front grille and you’ll notice an important difference. There’s no air intake, because the MINI Electric motor and batteries require very little cooling.
MINI Electric’s battery is one of its weightiest components, which is why we had to think carefully about where best to place it. To maintain our famous go-kart handling we arranged the battery in a T-shape on the vehicle floor between the front seats and below the rear seats. The result? A low centre of gravity with even weight distribution. Perfect.