MAXIMISE YOUR RANGE.
YOUR DRIVING STYLE.
With MINI Electric's one-pedal driving feature, you accelerate and brake just by using the throttle. As you lift your foot off the pedal, you activate an intelligent regenerative braking system. This not only slows your MINI down smoothly but converts energy from the forward motion which is sent to recharge the battery. It's a great way to win back some extra charge – while optimising the battery range and overall performance of your MINI.
You can make it a challenge to see how long you can drive on one pedal and without touching the real brake. Though to be safe, always make sure you leave enough space for it to decelerate. And no worries about the drivers behind you, as your brake lights illuminate when you use one-pedal driving to show them you are slowing down. If, however, you need to do an emergency stop, then you will have to use the standard hydraulic brakes.
"I JUST TAKE MY FOOT OFF THE ACCELERATOR. AND IT SLOWS DOWN.”
MISTY, LONDON-BASED MINI ELECTRIC OWNER.
Located in the centre console the driving mode toggle allows you to switch between Sport, Mid, Green and Green + modes. The Green mode offers you a consistently consumption-reducing setting to optimise battery range. While Green + switches off the air conditioning and other non-vital functions which use battery power, and it also decrease the responsiveness of the accelerator.
THE SMOOTHER, THE FURTHER.
MISTY, LONDON-BASED MINI ELECTRIC OWNER.
PRE-HEAT OR PRE-COOL?
Extreme temperatures have an impact on how well your battery maintains its charge level. We can't control the weather but the pre-conditioning feature lets you pre-heat or pre-cool your MINI Electric battery to its optimum temperature with electricity from the power grid rather than from your vehicle's battery. Similarly, you can set the air conditioning to your ideal temperature while it’s still charging.
This has the added benefit of maximising the range since less energy will be required to heat the cabin while you drive. You can schedule this using the touchscreen inside MINI Electric, or set it remotely with the MINI App. You can pre-heat at regular time slots, too, so you can commute in complete comfort.
“I LIKE TO PRE-HEAT THE CAR IN THE MORNING BEFORE I GET IN, WHILE THE CAR IS STILL CHARGING."
IOLA, MINI ELECTRIC OWNER.
HEATED SEATS AND STEERING WHEEL.
WINTER RANGE BLUES?
Cold weather can reduce an EV's range by more than 20% according to What Car? But it effects petrol-driven cars, too, by up to 15%.
These are average values and there are numerous variables that can affect the range such as driving behaviour, terrain and traffic. But with good planning you can depend on your MINI Electric to get you where you want to go whatever the weather.
AIR CONDITIONING OR OPEN WINDOW?
This debate will run and run, and different surveys tell us different things. But neither help fuel efficiency. The air con uses battery power, while having the window open increases drag on the car. There is still a suggestion that having your windows open is the more economical of the two. But on a busy road, do you really want to breathe in those exhaust fumes?
IOLA, MINI ELECTRIC OWNER IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE.
DOES BATTERY SIZE MATTER?
A few fast tips.
Setting off at around this temperature will help improve your range.
This is the optimal speed range for conserving power while driving at speed.
When it comes to range, the MINI Electric has up to 234 km (WLTP). That’s more than enough for most trips you can imagine. It’s just a question of thinking how much range you use, and where you use it.
One important external factor influencing the performance and capacity of a battery is the temperature. As you probably know from your mobile phone battery, the performance is restricted in cold and hot temperatures. In your vehicle, however, this temperature influence is largely minimised by means of optimised operating strategies. And did you know that the capacity also yields information on the range you may have? Apart from temperature, other influential factors are devices in use, such as the air conditioning, the load carried – and your driving style.
EVs are safe to drive in the rain and snow and can even be taken through traditional car washes. Similarly, EV chargers and cables are waterproof, and charging sockets are protected against water damage.
As is the case for a vehicle with a conventional propulsion system, driving style also affects the range in an electric car. As a general rule, an anticipatory, relaxed and uniform style of driving optimises your range. If, for example, you reduce your speed on the motorway from 130 km/h to 110 km/h, you can noticeably increase your range. During recuperation, that means whenever you lift your foot from the accelerator pedal, kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy and fed into the battery – and as a result you gain further kilometres in range.
It’s best to maintain a charge of between 20 and 80 per cent. Lower or higher levels are possible, but to optimise the life of your battery, it is recommended to stay between these marks. In your vehicle’s menu, you can easily and conveniently set your target charge to 80 per cent, so you’ll never have to worry about it. This should cover all your daily driving needs. If you actually need more, simply set a higher target.