The only possible way to save old cars from extinction is to give them new life through an electric drivetrain. MINI had the same idea in March 2018 when it converted a classic sedan into a one-off zero-emissions model for the New York Auto Show. The feedback generated has been quite positive, encouraging a dedicated team from the Oxford factory to pursue the project. This is how MINI Recharged was born.

Gone are all the oily bits as the old hardware had to make way for a purely electric setup. Interestingly, the car can be returned to its original condition as all changes made are reversible at a later date. Transitioning to an electric vehicle doesn’t require re-registering the car, so you don’t have to worry about paperwork.

MINI Recharged will evolve into a program suitable for owners of 1959-2000 models wishing to make their vehicles durable. At the heart of the tiny electric vehicle is a modern electric motor developing up to 121 horsepower (90 kilowatts). That’s enough punch for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in around nine seconds. That should be plenty quick for city use where most MINIs are driven.

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Battery size hasn’t been announced, but we know it stores enough juice for around 100 miles (160 kilometers). Once the energy is exhausted, the owner can recharge the pack up to 6.6 kW. Each car modified under the MINI Recharged program is individually numbered and given an EV-specific dashboard. In addition, the original gasoline engine is marked and stored in a dedicated space.

All work required for a MINI Recharged version is being carried out in the UK, with full details (including pricing) to be announced at a later date.

[Source: MINI]