BMW is busy electricking all kinds of things. The latest is the MINI Countryman hybrid, the first of the British brand’s line to get a power cord and go mainstream. Unlike MINI EV experiments of the past, the Countryman PHEV retains all of the good qualities of the (wait for it) biggest MINI.
Now that the obvious pun is out of the way, exploration of the 2018 MINI Countryman plug-in can commence. For reference, the 2018 MINI Countryman hybrid is officially called the Cooper S E Countryman. Previous renditions of electrified MINI mobiles included the MINI E, a battery-electric version of the tiny two-door Cooper in which the rear seats were completely thrown out in favor of a large box to house batteries. Not only did this destroy the interior appeal of the Cooper, it led to questionable road dynamics and technical difficulties. That haphazard entrance into electrification, thankfully, didn’t last long.
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