It has top speeds of 75 miles per hour
Mini has unveiled a one-off electric version of its iconic original car, as the British firm showcases its zero-emissions technology.
The classic Mini is one of the world’s most recognisable city cars, with more than five million sold between 1959 and 2000.
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The road-legal car is fitted with 30 lithium-iron phosphate batteries to give it a range of 65 miles and a top speed of 75mph.
Mini has created the modern vehicle by combining the compact but practical old design with the new zero-emissions technology.
A statement from Mini said: “With this unique vehicle, Mini sends out a clear signal demonstrating its commitment to retaining the brand’s unmistakable character whilst embracing innovative zero local emission technology.
"The exterior red paint is complemented by a contrast white roof and characteristic bonnet strip, with the yellow Mini Electric logo in the brand emblem and on the wheel hubs.
“The electric classic remains true to the brand, both in terms of its visual appearance and driving characteristics.
The one-off electric Mini (SWNS)
“The spontaneous power of its electric motor provides a new dimension to the unmistakable go-kart feeling that helped propel the British small car in its original form to worldwide popularity.”
Mini and BMW unveiled the electric car at the New York Auto Show.
It will remain a one-off with no plans to return the classic car to production.
However, Mini is currently working on an electric version of its current three-door Mini which is set to go on sale next year, marking the 60th anniversary of the original model designed by Sir Alec Issigonis.
The new Mini’s electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre in Bavaria, Germany, before being integrated into the car at Oxford, which is the main production location for the three-door Mini.
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It is one of a number of electrified models being launched by the BMW and MINI brands in the coming years.
The BMW i8 Roadster, a g plug-in, hybrid supercar, goes on sale this year.
An all-electric BMW X3 SUV has been announced for 2020, and the BMW iNEXT is due in 2021.
BMW also builds the world's most popular premium electric car, the i3, and announced it had just sold its 10,000th model in the UK,
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Sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFV) such as electric cars are on the rise as infrastructure and range improve.
Chargemaster estimates by 2020, there could be around 70,000 charging points both on the road and at destinations, with that number expected to rise to over 500,000 by 2030.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed that in the first two months of 2018, there were 12,567 new AFV registered in the UK.
This is an increase of 18.7 per cent on the previous year, at a time that overall registrations were down 5.1 per cent.