BMW MINI converts 1998 classic car to electric for emission-free driving

The unique converted MINI car was fitted with a 72 kilowatt electric motor.

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09 June 2022, 17:53

The exterior of the single converted MINI electric car uses a bright blue exterior color and a lime green battery box.

BMW MINI has collaborated with British designer Paul Smith to convert a classic 1998 MINI Paul Smith Edition MINI into an electric model. The customized vehicle is part of the MINI Recharged project and celebrates the fusion of tradition and technology. MINI installed an electric motor in the original model, and the redesigned vehicle will make its world debut in June 2022 at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

The recharged MINI car was equipped with a 72 kilowatt electric motor. Other vehicles in the brand’s range that offer emission-free driving pleasure include the fully electric MINI Cooper SE and the MINI Cooper SE Countryman with plug-in hybrid drive. The latest converted MINI car reflects both the MINI brand and Smith’s commitment to sustainability.

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Smith describes the MINI Reloaded model in three words: quality, durability and functionality. The project is also in line with respect for heritage and timeless design and is particularly inspired by the work of Sir Alec Issigonis, creator of the first MINI vehicle in 1959. The idea being that the vehicle was a minimum fuel consumption and a maximum use of space.

Paul Smith describes the MINI Reloaded model in three words: quality, durability and functionality.

Paul Smith describes the MINI Reloaded model in three words: quality, durability and functionality.

The exterior of the single converted MINI electric car uses a bright blue exterior tint and a lime green battery box, reminiscent of the color scheme of the 1990s. The blue tint was borrowed from the original 1998 MINI Paul Smith Edition – a vehicle limited to 1,800 units. The shade of the original vehicle was chosen based on a sample taken from one of Paul Smith’s favorite shirts.

The interior of the newly designed car borrows elements from the sustainable MINI Strip concept. The body remains bare and the uncoated floor dominates the interior. Rustic floor mats are made with recycled rubber on top. While the elements used are innovative and made from resource-efficient materials, the design of the interior has also taken out whole instruments in other places. There is a magnet next to the steering wheel for the smartphone, which apart from the speedometer replaces almost all the old buttons and functions on the dashboard. Another innovative element is the steering wheel which can be completely removed to facilitate getting in and out of the car.

Date of first publication: June 09, 2022, 5:51 PM IST

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