Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
4 minute read
26 Aug 2020
7:04 am

Electric Mini: Scalextric for grown-ups

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Just when you thought this little hatch couldn’t be any more fun.

The Mini Cooper SE can help put electric vehicles on the map for good.

It’s a well-known fact that people are scared of change. When the subject of electric mobility comes up they often base their instant dismissal of the idea of electric vehicles on cold facts like the hefty price tags and range/loadshedding issues. This is strengthened on an emotional level on where motorists find it hard to associate themselves with the all-electric offerings we’ve seen locally. The four electric vehicles (EVs) that have been sold in South Africa to date, the Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Porsche Taycan, never existed with internal combustion engines. They were all...