MINI Renames New EV Feature Due To COVID-19

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, Automotive Editor - April 24, 2020

Automakers are taking every precaution with the coronavirus. From shutting down factories for lengthy periods, diligently cleaning facilities, and building necessary breathing apparatuses for individuals that have been affected by the coronavirus and emergency personnel, automotive brands are going the extra mile to keep the coronavirus at least six feet away from them. It’s not just the virus itself automakers are having to look out for, but the name itself. Apparently, the coronavirus is forcing MINI to rename one of its coolest features on the all-electric Cooper SE.

According to CarBuzz, the upcoming Cooper SE electric vehicle was supposed to have awesome 17-inch wheels that were called “Corona Spoke.” Apparently, “Corona Spoke” is too close to coronavirus and MINI is now renaming the wheels “Power Spoke.”

“The name of the wheel design that is available on the MINI Cooper SE with the Iconic trim level has been changed from ‘Corona Spoke’ to ‘Power Spoke,’” a MINI spokesperson told the outlet. “This was done to ensure MINI remains sensitive to all those experiencing the widespread impacts of COVID-19.” The spokesperson went on to state that renaming the wheels was “simply the right thing to do.”

In addition to trying to move away from the coronavirus, renaming the electric Cooper SE’s wheels to “Power Spoke” makes sense, as the wheels supposedly resemble power outlets found in the U.K. Regardless of the name, we’re fans of the asymmetrical wheels that are a fun take on an aerodynamic component. The unique 17-inch wheels are only available on the range-topping Iconic trim.

Mini Cooper SE

Specs for the electric Cooper SE on the other hand are not that great. The electric hatchback features a 32.6-kWh battery pack and an electric motor that produces 181 horsepower. MINI Claims a zero-to-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds, which is sprightly, and a top speed of 93 mph. Where the electric Cooper SE falls behind the competition is with an EPA rated range of just 110 miles.

With a starting price of $30,750 (including destination) for the base Signature trim, the battery-powered Cooper SE is more affordable than options like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Kia Niro EV. But all of those EVs have a lot more range than the Cooper SE. The Bolt EV and the Kona Electric can travel more than 258 miles on a single charge according to the EPA. Even the Leaf has an EPA-rated range of 149 miles.

The Cooper SE can be hooked up to a fast charger for those that need to get range back quickly. On a fast charger, the EV can get back 80% of its range in just 36 minutes. On a Level 2 charger, owners will be able to get 20% of range every hour.

With iconic styling, an affordable price tag, good driving dynamics, and a refined interior, we’re sure some consumers will be able to look past the electric hatchback’s lackluster range when it comes to the Cooper SE.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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