Swind announces limited production run of Electric classic Mini

British technology company Swind has unveiled the first production electric classic Mini at the London Classic Car Show, with a fully-restored body and bespoke powertrain.
Swind announces limited production run of Electric classic Mini
Courtesy of Swind

The Swind E Classic Mini features instant torque, a lower centre of gravity and a 125-mile range. The vehicle’s powertrain was developed in-house by Swindon Powertrain, a company that has been providing engineering expertise to automotive and motorsports industries for over 40 years. The company’s recently-upgraded facility in Swindon, Wiltshire, has restored all the affection of the original Mini with state-of-the-art EV technology, creating an individual, nippy, zero-emissions city car with character. The vehicle maintains the same look, proportions and spirit of the original Mini, while the bespoke 80kw motor and single transmission ensures responsive and smooth power that can be used without incurring congestion charge fees.

The vehicle is available to order immediately in either left or right-hand drive versions. The limited production run of 100 cars starts at £79,000 and comes with an unlimited mileage one-year warranty and MOT.

Standard features include:

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 of 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 offering punchy overtaking

GVW 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)

Increased boot space of 200 litres

Standard features include 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

The prototype E Classic Mini has completed over 10,000 real world miles alongside thousands of hours of virtual simulations of the bespoke powertrain. Contemporary corrosion protection together with completely new brake and suspension parts ensure Swind’s E Classic Mini is substantially easier to live with than other classics.

This highly-advanced Swind E Classic Mini is the brainchild of Swindon Powertrain’s managing director Raphael Caillé, who saw an opportunity to produce an electric car with a soul that people from all walks of life would instantly fall in love with.

“This is the first time an electrified classic Mini has entered production” said Mr 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.”

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