“Charged” MINI will lose petrol engines

“Charged” MINI will lose petrol engines

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Even the fastest and most powerful MINI John Cooper Works badge in the future will inevitably move to electric.

Dynamics, handling and driving pleasure at the present time does not necessarily have to be associated with the internal combustion engine, said Vice-President of MINI brand in the U.S. Mike Peyton. In an interview with Motor Authority, he said that the company believes is highly promising model MINI John Cooper Works with an electric motor. The fastest and most powerful MINI over time has become more environmentally friendly, but today there are a number of obstacles – first of all, the level of development of modern batteries.

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As compatriots from McLaren, the MINI engineers believe that battery is still too heavy and bulky, especially in order to install them in a compact hatchback. Accordingly, while the technology of electrification does not reach the proper level, MINI will continue to develop and release gasoline cars. And, of course, hybrids. Meanwhile will soon start selling the first electric MINI Cooper SE model with a 184-horsepower electric motor and a power reserve of up to 270 kilometers.

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