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Mini Cooper SE (EV)

  • 09-07-2019 11:38pm
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    Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Launched today. Built in the UK. Should be available early 2020 (hopefully Brexit won't interfere). Largely based on the leccy bits of the i3 (which is not a bad thing)

    List price GBP24.4k after the GBP3.5k incentive. Should translate to not much more than EUR26k here with our EUR5k incentive (but slightly higher VAT). Pretty damn good for a premium supermini

    184BHP, 235km range, 0-100km/h in 7s. I want one :cool:

    Linky


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    Interesting take from the Verge, they reckon Krüger, who became BMW CEO when their electric program was in full swing, resigned in the last few days taking the blame for blocking the further development of EVs. That was a huge mistake of course. BMW was well ahead of the rest. Could have been world leader in EVs by now.

    Linky

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,912 ✭✭✭ Mike9832


    Not a chance its €26,000 here

    Don't do it yourself

    Bit meh to me

    Matches i3 specs, 5 years on

    Surely they could have put a bigger battery in and 100kW charging in?

    The bloody eCorsa looks more appealing

    BMW have lost it lately


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 20,995 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    unkel wrote: »
    Interesting take from the Verge, they reckon Krüger, who became BMW CEO when their electric program was in full swing, resigned in the last few days taking the blame for blocking the further development of EVs. That was a huge mistake of course. BMW was well ahead of the rest. Could have been world leader in EVs by now.

    Linky

    He joined after the i3 launched, canned the next EV product and most of the i3 team left to join NIO, a Chinese EV company. And since then, BMW have done feck all with EV's after a great start with the i3.

    I'd say sales of Tesla are really starting to cut into BMW's numbers and they have little to answer it. I feel BMW are the most impacted of any of the premium car companies by Tesla.

    I've said it before. The traditional car companies might have great engineers, loads of factories, etc. But if they don't have strong leadership at the top who is willing to take risks, many of them might find themselves responding far too slowly to changing market conditions and end up in serious trouble.

    Companies often have very conservative leaders at the top, who end up not giving those great engineers the R&D money to work on risky projects or spend the money to re-tool factories, etc.

    I'm grabbing my popcorn, I think there will be quiet a few Nokia moments to come for the car industry ahead.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Well said, bk and I couldn't agree more. It's infuriating as BMW is my favourite car maker, more than half of all the cars I have owned were BMWs. They could have been on top right now. Books will be written on why BMW appointed Krüger CEO back in 2015. I hope it is not too late and this will not turn into a story of one of the greatest fall downs in corporate history like Nokia and Kodak. From being the best to gone in just a few years :(

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,910 ✭✭✭✭ ELM327


    I wonder if it's on the i3 platform, does that mean it's RWD?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ D3V!L


    11 years ago a neighbour of mine in Munich had one :) Its taken BMW this long to get it to market !!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,912 ✭✭✭ Mike9832


    Mike9832 wrote: »
    Not a chance its €26,000 here

    Looks like it will be around that price

    That's pretty good value then

    The Mini Cooper S with similar performance is alot more expensive

    Should have similar range to Ioniq 28kWh? Won't be a dog on juice like the Leaf?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,797 samih


    ELM327 wrote: »
    I wonder if it's on the i3 platform, does that mean it's RWD?

    FWD and 184 PS (135 kW). Will have ok performance but other than that feels like a spec for a car that was launcing in 2016/17. It's totally outclassed in range by any recent reveals.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,412 ✭✭✭ Old diesel


    unkel wrote: »
    Launched today. Built in the UK. Should be available early 2020 (hopefully Brexit won't interfere). Largely based on the leccy bits of the i3 (which is not a bad thing)

    List price GBP24.4k after the GBP3.5k incentive. Should translate to not much more than EUR26k here with our EUR5k incentive (but slightly higher VAT). Pretty damn good for a premium supermini

    184BHP, 235km range, 0-100km/h in 7s. I want one :cool:

    Linky


    208c541598e0b6820655a9fc4c65042d4ebc5a13.jpg


    Interesting take from the Verge, they reckon Krüger, who became BMW CEO when their electric program was in full swing, resigned in the last few days taking the blame for blocking the further development of EVs. That was a huge mistake of course. BMW was well ahead of the rest. Could have been world leader in EVs by now.

    Linky

    There will be a WTO tarriff of 10 percent in a no deal Brexit.

    I would estimate that to be 2790 on entry level based on.....

    UK price BEFORE grant there of 27900 sterling.

    2790 sterling is 10 percent of the 27900.

    Converted to euros - that's a price of 34,136 before Irish grant.

    Thus 29 k with 5 grand SEAI grant.

    Will VRT be zero?????

    Edit - the WTO tarriff could end up been calculated on the 27900 converted to euros.

    Would add around 4/500 euros.

    So around 34500 or thereabouts pre grant.

    I'm actually liking this too hence trying to run the figures


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,498 ✭✭✭ ...Ghost...


    samih wrote: »
    FWD and 184 PS (135 kW). Will have ok performance but other than that feels like a spec for a car that was launcing in 2016/17. It's totally outclassed in range by any recent reveals.

    The people buying these will be less interested in performance specs and more interested in it being a cute mini. The majority are young female drivers, some of whom deface their vehicles with synthetic eyebrows above the headlight. :rolleyes:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,412 ✭✭✭ Old diesel


    Guillaume Seguin at Irish EV owners association is reporting....

    27,765 euros including Grant entry level

    30,405 euros Mid spec

    35,695 euros for top spec.

    He is giving those as on the road prices.

    Not bad given that the Mini is meant to be a premium offering.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,412 ✭✭✭ Old diesel


    In the past a MINI would have been 8 to 10 k dearer then say a VW Up.

    So to be frank - regardless of what you think of this from MINI it looks as though one of the following options are in play.

    1) MINI have tried to minimise the EV premium over ICE.

    OR.

    A nice commuter budget. EV offering from mainstream small cars - Suzuki, Dacia, VW etc for 20 k or less is VERY doable..

    Which option do we go for......


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,716 ✭✭✭ Silent Running


    How many years has that shape Mini been around, 18 years? Along with the Fiat 500, it's one of my pet hate cars. I still have a lot of love for the original Mini and these fugly yokes are a marketing exercise, not a tribute.

    It would have been a great coup if they had designed and launched a new shape for the Mini with a choice of electric or ICE.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,912 ✭✭✭ Mike9832


    Old diesel wrote: »
    In the past a MINI would have been 8 to 10 k dearer then say a VW Up.

    So to be frank - regardless of what you think of this from MINI it looks as though one of the following options are in play.

    1) MINI have tried to minimise the EV premium over ICE.

    OR.

    A nice commuter budget. EV offering from mainstream small cars - Suzuki, Dacia, VW etc for 20 k or less is VERY doable..

    Which option do we go for......

    Makes total sense

    I really don't know how EV's are so expensive

    Take away the battery and everything else is cheaper than ICE

    Electric motors, inverters, controllers etc are alot cheaper than modern diesel engines and the bits they need

    Would love to see a cost breakdown of a modern EV


  • Registered Users Posts: 214 ✭✭ pdpmur


    ELM327 wrote: »
    I wonder if it's on the i3 platform, does that mean it's RWD?

    It's on a mini platform, so probably FWD as it will need all the underseat and boot space that it can find to stuff batteries into.

    BMW made a decision not so long ago to develop platforms that can accommodate a mix of drivetrains (ICE, hybrid or EV), so it looks in the near future that there won't be any BMW car that is a ground-up ev-only product (i.e no skateboard platform). Yer man Krüger will be cursed by many for years to come for this particular brain fart and the consequent waste of the whole new manufacturing process for their i3 and i3 cars and loss of their development team.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,912 ✭✭✭ Mike9832


    Seems its only 28kWh useable and wltp range is 200km

    Thats Leaf30 range, Leaf40 has like 285 wltp range

    What a wasted opportunity by BMW

    https://insideevs.com/news/359134/over-40000-customers-interest-mini-electric/


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 31,031 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mickeroo


    Yeah should have been a 40kwh battery at a minimum when you look at what the other super minis are going for.

    It will still do well on the appeal of the Mini brand though I have no doubt but definitely a missed opportunity.


  • Registered Users Posts: 214 ✭✭ pdpmur


    Mickeroo wrote: »
    Yeah should have been a 40kwh battery at a minimum when you look at what the other super minis are going for.

    There just isn't the room in the ICE-developed mini platform to squeeze in enough batteries - it takes the whole floorpan of the BMW i3 to accommodate 42kWh of batteries based on battery chemistry currently available to them off the shelf.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Mike9832 wrote: »
    Seems its only 28kWh useable and wltp range is 200km

    Thats Leaf30 range, Leaf40 has like 285 wltp range

    If it is real life range of 200km, like Ioniq with also 28kWH usable, that's fine

    L30 has nowhere near as much real life range. L40 is similar enough as Ioniq in real life (see the real life ADAC test). As long as there is a reasonable charging network, it's fine. Even here in Ireland we should be fine by this time next year

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,912 ✭✭✭ Mike9832


    unkel wrote: »
    If it is real life range of 200km, like Ioniq with also 28kWH usable, that's fine

    L30 has nowhere near as much real life range. L40 is similar enough as Ioniq in real life (see the real life ADAC test). As long as there is a reasonable charging network, it's fine. Even here in Ireland we should be fine by this time next year

    Mini CD is 0.30

    Doesn't look good there

    3 series has 0.24, BMW should crack on with that tone


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    With that Cd it won't get more than about 110 km at 120km/h in winter

    So you were right then to compare it to L30 :D

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



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  • Registered Users Posts: 871 ✭✭✭ AidenL


    unkel wrote: »
    Well said, bk and I couldn't agree more. It's infuriating as BMW is my favourite car maker, more than half of all the cars I have owned were BMWs. They could have been on top right now. Books will be written on why BMW appointed Krüger CEO back in 2015. I hope it is not too late and this will not turn into a story of one of the greatest fall downs in corporate history like Nokia and Kodak. From being the best to gone in just a few years :(

    Same here. I’ve owned loads of BMWs since 1998.

    Right now, I wouldn’t even consider one. Anyone in the market for a 3 Series or larger would hardly buy one over a Tesla - well I wouldn’t anyway.

    I do suspect a few Nokia moments also. I’d be amazed if it was BMW , but it’s possible. I see Daimler issued a profit warning today also.

    Imagine if the short sellers shorting Tesla are missing the big picture of the dead asleep incumbent premium manufacturers caught dead out of the starting blocks.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,912 ✭✭✭ Mike9832


    AidenL wrote: »
    Same here. I’ve owned loads of BMWs since 1998.

    Right now, I wouldn’t even consider one. Anyone in the market for a 3 Series or larger would hardly buy one over a Tesla - well I wouldn’t anyway.

    I do suspect a few Nokia moments also. I’d be amazed if it was BMW , but it’s possible. I see Daimler issued a profit warning today also.

    Imagine if the short sellers shorting Tesla are missing the big picture of the dead asleep incumbent premium manufacturers caught dead out of the starting blocks.

    They are all in a crazy situation

    All it takes is ICE demand to drop off by a bit and they are screwed

    If it drops off in a big way in the next 24 months, going to be alot of mergers/autogiants folding

    They are all up to eyeballs in debt too, VW are €200 billion in it and they are far from the worst


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,906 ✭✭✭ McGiver


    unkel wrote:
    If it is real life range of 200km, like Ioniq with also 28kWH usable, that's fine
    Well but time has moved on. Old ioniq is getting obsolete.

    I'd say the sweet spot for range in Ireland is 300km, real life. That's what's the minimum range suitable to accelerate uptake is. 200km is too little and 400km is great but is getting too expensive. The 300km given the price is about right.

    The following cars will hit the ~300km range:
    VW ID3 48kW
    Opel Corsa e 50kW
    Renault Zoe 55kW
    Peagot e-2018 55kw
    Hyundai Ioniq 38kW (maybe?)

    Of these VW, Renault and Opel will be <€30k after grants and this is the price range where the market battle will be taking place. Next year will be great :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,654 ✭✭✭✭ listermint


    Video out today.


    https://youtu.be/6csoYiUzltc



    Pricing is very aggressive. Cheaper than the petrol model.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 16,081 Mod ✭✭✭✭ slave1


    The motor space looks massive, how the filled out everything under the bonnet is beyond me and they still make it look crammed?
    Also, like every Mini there is little to no boot space.
    Get a well looked after Leaf30 and save thousands, full proper 5 seater, much bigger usable boot and just modest drop in range (I'm currently getting 190kms in a 162)


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,654 ✭✭✭✭ listermint


    slave1 wrote: »
    The motor space looks massive, how the filled out everything under the bonnet is beyond me and they still make it look crammed?
    Also, like every Mini there is little to no boot space.
    Get a well looked after Leaf30 and save thousands, full proper 5 seater, much bigger usable boot and just modest drop in range (I'm currently getting 190kms in a 162)

    Yes but tbf. Its an extremely nice place to be in. Typically build quality. It looks alot better outside than the leaf in aware that beauty beholder and all that.

    And some people will not need anymore space. At that price point it certainly has a market.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 16,081 Mod ✭✭✭✭ slave1


    All fair points but I'd rather a used L30 and €15k in my pocket


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,412 ✭✭✭ Old diesel


    slave1 wrote: »
    The motor space looks massive, how the filled out everything under the bonnet is beyond me and they still make it look crammed?
    Also, like every Mini there is little to no boot space.
    Get a well looked after Leaf30 and save thousands, full proper 5 seater, much bigger usable boot and just modest drop in range (I'm currently getting 190kms in a 162)

    They aren't meant to be a normal rational purchase .

    Minis stopped been a sensible rational purchase sometime in the 80s.

    You buy this MINI for the same reasons you buy any other MINI - the look, the image - cool factor etc appeals to you.

    In saying that MINI deserve credit for minimising the price jump to EVs a lot better then other directly comparable ICE to EV cars.

    Golf entry level ICE to EV is around 12 k .

    Kona entry level ICE to EV is around 17 k.

    MINI entry level ICE to EV is around 6 k.

    MINI is always a premium offering anyway so price is never going to be a bargain

    (Based on EV price AFTER grants)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,912 ✭✭✭ Mike9832


    slave1 wrote: »
    All fair points but I'd rather a used L30 and €15k in my pocket

    I wouldn't

    Leaf drives like a boat

    If this mini is anything like the Cooper S it will be sensational to drive

    184bhp, 1320kg, 280nm instant torque

    This mini will be great fun


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,248 ✭✭✭ tom1ie


    Mike9832 wrote: »
    Makes total sense

    I really don't know how EV's are so expensive

    Take away the battery and everything else is cheaper than ICE

    Electric motors, inverters, controllers etc are alot cheaper than modern diesel engines and the bits they need

    Would love to see a cost breakdown of a modern EV

    https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2058010167
    Here ya go. :)


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