Driving on Ice – Winter Testing of Fully Electric MINI 3-Door Hatch / 11 April, 2022
Driving on Ice – Winter Testing of Fully Electric MINI 3-Door Hatch

60 years on, and the iconic MINI continues to reinvent itself. Some of the latest news surrounds the fully electric edition of the new MINI 3-Door Hatch. NOVO, a leading provider of specialist EV insurance solutions, has been following the latest ‘electric’ developments to emerge from the famous MINI stable.


It may feel like spring here in the UK but our EV insurance team at NOVO has learnt that the fully electric edition of the new MINI 3-Door Hatch is now completing a major chapter in its series development process. It has been undergoing driving dynamics tests on the snow and ice at the BMW Group’s winter test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.


MINI says in a recent press release that, “the electric drivetrain, high-voltage battery, power electronics and charging technology of the new MINI prototypes are already demonstrating their high degree of maturity at extreme temperatures below freezing.”


Snow-covered roads and specially prepared areas on frozen lakes serve as ideal test tracks. MINI says the test engineers can precisely tune the spontaneous power development of the electric motor, the control systems for optimising traction, cornering behaviour, suspension and damping characteristics, as well as the character of the steering and braking system.


“The integrated application of all drive and chassis systems enables a mature degree of overall harmony, which will help the production model deliver the perfect balance of MINI go-kart feeling and driving comfort,” reports MINI.


MINI is launching its fifth generation with the MINI 3-Door Hatch as the first model of the new MINI family. With its vehicle concept geared towards fully electric from the outset, MINI says it is ideally suited to deliver hallmark MINI handling and creative use of space. This means plenty of room inside and a small footprint. It will be revealed in late 2023 and will also be available with an internal combustion engine.


Apparently, the future core portfolio of all electric powered vehicles will include the MINI 3-Door Hatch, a new crossover in the small-car segment and the next generation MINI Countryman in the compact segment. MINI is also developing concepts for John Cooper Works models with an electrified drivetrain.


This year, MINI will reveal its concept of the new all-electric crossover. The next generation MINI Countryman is set to be revealed in 2023 and will also be available with internal combustion engine.


If you are in the market for a fully electric MINI, and are looking for comprehensive EV insurance cover, then please call NOVO to find out more about our efficient and friendly services, and the many benefits we can offer to EV owners.