Take Tesla out of the equation, and the sales of electric vehicles remain a very small percentage of the total new car market. But they’re here to stay. And their popularity is growing, if slowly. Car companies from every corner of the globe, from Hyundai to Porsche, are heavily investing in EV technology and creating battery-powered models as quickly as they can. That massive investment has fueled a rapid improvement of the technologies, and EVs are getting better almost on a daily basis, offering more range and performance for new car buyers looking for the greenest of green options.
Mini has been in the EV game practically since the beginning. Its first electric car, the Mini E, hit the market back in 2009, and it found some customers. Now there’s a new electric from the company known for its fun turbocharged premium small cars, and it’s called the 2021 MINI Cooper SE. Based on its two-door Cooper Hardtop model, it combines classic Mini design and exhilarating dynamics with a powerful electric motor and battery back. It’s a blast to drive and competes with EVs that include the BMW i3 and Nissan LEAF.