Mini’s Recharged Program Converts Classic Minis to Electric Power


Mini’s Recharged Program Converts Classic Minis to Electric Power

Classic Mini owners can now order a factory electric conversion for their diminutive gas-powered hatchbacks through the Mini Recharged program announced today. As if the old Minis weren’t cool enough as they came from the factory, the Recharged conversion puts a modern spin on the once-groundbreaking small cars. Where did this idea come from? The British automaker first revealed a one-off electrified vintage Mini at the 2018 New York Auto Show, and the experimental build earned such a favorable reception—no surprise given the emergent popularity of EV-converted old cars—Mini decided to formalize it into a customer offering.

The electric conversion takes place at Mini’s Oxford factory in the U.K. All necessary wiring and electronics, including an updated instrument cluster to display range and speed, are installed to manage the (also included) electric motor and battery pack. This process, of course, entails removing several mechanical components, namely the engine, transmission, fuel tank, and exhaust. These parts are labeled and stored should a customer later decide to return their Mini to old-fashioned power. That’s right, the modifications are reversible.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.