How do you turn a classic car, a Mini, into an electric vehicle? Well, it’s not easy and not cheap. The Swind E Classic Mini seen here comes with a price tag of £78,000.
Clearly, that’s not an amount that’s feasible for private owners. But it is early days and that sky-high price will hopefully come down to more accessible levels when a) there’s more demand because petrol vehicles are increasingly being discouraged by governments, and b) higher production levels bring down unit costs.
So what has Swind, the trading mame of Swindon Powertrains, done with the Mini, still one of the most loved and iconic of all British cars?
It’s the brainchild of Raphael Caillé, who saw an opportunity to produce an electric car with a soul.
“This is the first time an electrified classic Mini has entered production,” said Caillé.
“There have been one-offs and prototypes before, but Swind is the first company to launch such a car to the public.
“The classic Mini has such a special place in people’s hearts, not only in the UK but around the world.
“The packaging of Sir Alec Issigonis’ 1959 design was truly ground-breaking and now we are making it relevant again. Its compact size and good visibility, together with contemporary performance and handling, makes it a car you’ll want to drive in the city and put a smile on your face.”
The Swind E Classic Mini is produced in Wiltshire at the firm’s recently-upgraded facility. It keeps the same look, proportions and spirit of the original Mini and has a bespoke 80kw motor.
- Lithium Ion battery containing 24kWh of energy and electric motor producing 80kw of power (the equivalent of 110bhp)
- Fully charged in four hours via a female Type 2 connector (Fast charging option available)
- Range of 125 miles (200km) with regenerative braking system
- Top speed is 80mph (130km/h)
- 0 to 60mph (0-100km/h) in 9.2 seconds
- 30-50mph (50- 80 km/h) acceleration time of 4.3 seconds helps the Mini offer punchy overtaking
- Gross weight of 720kg (increase of 80kg from starter car)
- Improved weight distribution (57 per cent/43 per cent compared to 68 per cent/32 per cent of the original car)
- With the petrol tank no longer required, boot space is increased to 200 litres
- USB charging ports, underfloor heating, heated leather seats and front and rear windscreen
- Options include infotainment and sat-nav system, power steering, a full-length sliding fabric roof, air conditioning, performance tuning packs and bespoke paint colours
- Choice of six standard colours with a contrasting roof.