Tom Moloughny took the time to produce his usual thorough report. which is now up on Inside EVs. Tom was one of the 450 people privileged to lease the MINI E a decade ago, and he wrote a lot about that car back then. Tom figured out why MINI held their International Press Introduction event in Miami where the roads are flat, the traffic is slow, and where the winter temperatures are moderate. Those conditions are ideal for producing the maximum EV range and range is what most journalists are focusing on with the MINI Cooper SE. > So while we may have observed an estimated range of 140 miles, that > probably won't be what most owners see, unless they live in warm areas > like Southern Florida or Southern California. Tom echoes other journalists who say the MINI Cooper SE's acceleration tapers off at speeds over 50 mph. However, he's very impressed with the car's acceleration up to 40 mph, which is all an urban street fighter (my words) really needs: > The Cooper SE really shines in the 0-40 mph game, but once you get > over 50 mph the power fades considerably, more so than it seemed > my BMW i3s did, and that's surprising because as mentioned, they > share the same motor. Being an expert on EVSEs for plug-in cars, Tom is the only journalist who took the time to describe the 120-Volt/240-Volt Webasto Turbocord that comes with the MINI Cooper SE for owners to charge their cars. Because the Turbocord can deliver only 3.8 kW on 240 Volts, it will likely be used only away from home because MINI Cooper SE owners will want a full-blown 240-Volt, 32-Amp EVSE to charge their cars in 4 hours or less. Tom writes that such an EVSE can fully charge the MINI in 3.5 hours. The only one of Tom's opinions with which I disagree is his desire for a larger battery. > Not every EV has to have 300 miles, but the Cooper SE would benefit > from a slightly bigger battery in my opinion. I believe MINI should dominate the lightweight, compact, sporty BEV niche. Bigger batteries would slow the car down and impair the MINI's characteristic cornering abilities. When batteries improve, I hope MINI keeps the 110-mile range and adds lightness, as Colin Chapman famously advised.