We’ve been told to expect a jillion new models of battery-electric vehicles in the U.S. market — of all body styles and sizes — and one of the most intriguing so far has to be the 2020 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop two-door in all-electric form. Why is it so intriguing?
Well, for one thing, Mini promises that drivability for which Mini is known. It also happens to be — oddly, for a Mini — what could be one of the most affordable all-electric vehicles on the market, with a starting price of less than $31,000 before any kind of incentives. Why is that? It might be because of another thing that makes it stand out: It’s not one of the many electric vehicles that’s shooting for 200-plus miles of range; it has an EPA-estimated 110 miles of range.
If you’re thinking, “Oh, forget about it, it’s out of consideration for me,” then it’s possible you’re doing it wrong. People tend to think they need their EV to have the range of a gas-powered car that gets fueled every week or so at a gas station. But an EV, if you’re doing it right, gets charged at home overnight, meaning the Mini’s 110-mile daily range should be more than adequate — especially if your household also has a conventional car that can be used for longer trips.
Check out the video below to learn more about the 2020 MIni Cooper SE Hardtop, including how it drives and why our public charging experience illustrates the importance of having adequate home charging if you buy an EV.
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