More milage for the Mini Cooper SE Countryman
In the US, the new model year of the Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (Plug-in Hybrid) now has an EPA range of 17 miles (27 km) up from 12 miles (19 km) with the previous model.
The slightly higher range is thanks to the increased battery capacity from 7.7 to 10.0 kWh. The PHEV’s bigger battery capacity thus also qualifying it for increased government subsidy bracket from 4,001 now up to 5,002 US dollars.
Generally, the system output is unchanged at 221 hp, for the hybrid system that incorporating an 87 hp electric motor at the rear wheels and Mini’s 134-hp, 1.5-litre inline-3 engine, 6-speed automatic. Now with the latest upgrades the mini PHEV sports 18 miles of EPA range, with a 29-mpg rating without a charge. This ups the total range to 300 miles, from what was previously 270 miles.
In summer this year, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW responsible for Mini, revealed that: “For Mini, the Countryman as a plug-in hybrid was the first move – it is working much better than originally planned and shows electrifying Mini is the right way to go.” Schwarzenbauer explained: “But then for Mini and small cars you have to focus yourself on emission-free, fully electric. Step-by-step we electrify the Mini line-up completely “. Already being hailed as one of the most affordable electric cars to enter the US market, the electric Mini Cooper SE is to have an MSRP of $29,900. In some places, with federal tax credits and state electric vehicle tax, the price will drop as low as $17,900. Although the EPA range has not yet been released, the WLTP range clocks in 200 – 232 km (approx. 124 – 144 miles).
For the advantage of a now-increased overall higher range of up to 300 miles when combined with the fossil-fuelled engine, the 2020 Mini plug-in hybrid starts at $38,750, including an $850 destination charge is now eligible for the higher federal income tax credit of $5,002.
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