Honda teases electric vehicle concept

Mini Electric Concept

Honda will reveal its electric vehicle ambitions for the European market at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show with two debuts, including a hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover, another sign that automakers are diversifying their portfolios as emissions regulations tighten and customer preferences change.

Mini has given the clearest indication yet of what we can expect from an electric Mini by unveiling a new concept vehicle in these pictures.

Now there's the MINI Electric Concept which, they claim, remains "quintessentially MINI and sporty". "That's how we at MINI envisage electric mobility in tomorrow's world", says Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad.

Mini is getting into the electric game again after a soft approach back in 2008, and while this new Mini Electric Concept is the result of many questionable decisions, Mini going electric just makes too much sense to avoid.

While the vehicle you see here is officially a concept, Mini makes no secret of the fact that it previews a production auto that will be unveiled in two years' time. In the future, all electrified products from the MINI brand will be grouped together under the "MINI Electric" banner.

Besides this, the grille is closed to improve aerodynamics, and also because the electric drive unit requires very little cooling air. Identifying features include the contrasting silver and yellow colour scheme reminiscent of the MINI E, as well as the distinctive E badge.

MINI also turned to 3D printing for certain components on the concept, with the aerodynamic inlays on the wheels and the recessed surfaces in the simulated air intakes all being 3D printed. There are "MINI E" badges at various points. No exhaust pipes, of course.

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