Skip to main content

A huge week for electric cars: MINI Countryman electric makes its North America debut

Big things come in MINI packages

Mini Cooper Countryman Electric
MINI USA

When discussing the MINI car brand, it is often difficult to resist the urge to immediately gravitate to such paradoxical descriptions to describe just how big MINI is to grab your attention. And while we are confident you will come across plenty of that wordplay around the internet this week, we will try to avoid the more obvious puns surrounding BMW’s fun subsidiary.

That said, and out of the way, the newest MINI is a significant event when it comes to electric cars. As more and more of the world’s auto manufacturers turn to electric for their primary power source, when a company like MINI jumps into the fray, it is almost impossible not to get a little excited about it.

MINI OLED Display

Electric cars are the future: MINI aims to be fully electric by 2030

Following up on its recent introduction of an all-new digitized interior, MINI  made another splash with a not-so-coincidental decision to debut its first fully electric North American car during Climate Week NYC, and MINI brings us the Countryman Electric. “The all-new MINI Countryman Electric is a significant step as MINI moves to becoming a more sustainable and fully electrified brand by 2030,” said Mike Peyton, President of MINI Business Innovations, LLC, and Vice President of MINI of the Americas.

The new Countryman Electric features that same futuristically cool “digital ecosystem” inside while retaining its signature look on the outside. MINI promises to keep the brand’s “fun to drive” ideology with this EV. BMW also introduced its new CE-C4 electric scooter and innovative iX5 Hydrogen prototype to hint at things to come.

Mini Cooper Countryman Electric
MINI USA

The Countryman Electric’s first appearance was underscored by a special panel called Driving Forward: The Transforming of Future Mobility hosted by MINI’s urban technology platform named URBAN-X. Founded to make cities more sustainable, livable, and resilient, URBAN-X is actively interested in anything that can nurture those principles, especially when it’s one of their own. President Peyton added, “Sustainability is also a key mission of URBAN-X, our start-up accelerator focused on climate tech innovations that help make city life better. That’s why it’s a perfect fit to showcase our next new electric MINI at URBAN-X on the occasion of Climate Week NYC.”

Set to hit showrooms as a 2025 EV model in the fall of 2024, the Countryman Electric tells us a lot, even without telling us that much. With the goal of becoming totally electric in less than a decade, we can be sure that parent company BMW will be heavily invested in all pertinent research involving battery-powered cars, as well as any ways to help customers avert the ever-present and always looming range anxiety plaguing the world of Teslas, Lucids, and PHEVs everywhere.

Editors' Recommendations

Lou Ruggieri
A lifelong lover of cars, Lou contributes to Motor Trend, Hot Cars, Auto & Truck Connection, and the PowerAutoMedia Group.
Maserati rounds off its 2025 Folgore lineup with an electric GranCabrio
Maserati's sports convertible goes all-electric
Maserati GranCabrio Folgore

Maserati has unveiled the final piece of its 2024 electrification puzzle in the form of the GranCabrio Folgore -- an all-electric version of its new convertible. The battery-powered roadster was unveiled as part of “Folgore Days,” a celebration of Maserati’s new electric lineup held in Italy’s motor valley. Folgore Days itself is following on from the Formula E racing weekend at Misano World Circuit -- with Maserati being the only luxury brand represented in the electric racing series.

The Trident has gone all out with its latest offering, producing what it claims is the fastest electric convertible on the market. It can do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and is capable of hitting speeds of just over 180 miles per hour. As with many of Maserati’s sportier offerings, “Corsa Mode” is available and is the easiest way to get the most out of your electric Maserati. The vehicle produces just over 750 horsepower, though with boost, this can briefly reach around 820 horsepower. So the GranCabrio sits alongside its hard-top sibling as the most powerful vehicle Maserati currently offers.

Read more
Hennessey’s Venom F5 breaks COTA lap record — CEO tells us why it’s ‘America’s hypercar’
It turns out 1,817 horsepower is hard to beat
hennessey venom f5 breaks lap record at cota venomf5 06

Hennessey’s Venom F5 has set a speed record, though it isn’t quite the record the company is hoping will be the highlight of its year. The hypercar, which may be recognized as the world’s fastest at some point in the near future, now holds the production car lap record at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The track is globally significant, having hosted the U.S. Grand Prix for several years now, but also holds a special place in Hennessey’s heart. It’s the Texas-based company’s home circuit, so it’s fitting that it has gone out and established itself as the biggest dog in its own backyard before setting off to take on the world.

Speaking to The Manual, CEO and Founder John Hennessey explained what a significant milestone this is. He says: "I kicked off 2024 by saying that the Venom F5 will deliver on its potential this year. With 22 customer cars delivered and a newly expanded engineering team in place, we refocused our team on fine-tuning our hypercar to achieve significant speed milestones. The first we went after was a track record - and where better to set a fastest lap than our home circuit - COTA!"

Read more
2025 Mercedes Benz EQG: Everything we know about the electric G Wagon
Get ready for a G-Class EV
Rendering of side profile of Mercedes-Benz EQG in front of blue skies.

Over the past few years, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled electric vehicle models such as the EQS, EQB, and EQE models. As is tradition, you also have the option to choose Mercedes-Maybach and AMG electric models to suit your taste. The AMG EQE SUV starts at $109,300, while the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV will cost you around $200,000.

However, the all-electric G Wagon, dubbed the EQG, is missing from the action. The last time we caught a glimpse of it was back in 2021 as a concept car. Well, it’s expected to be produced later this year, and Mercedes-Benz teased it at the 2024 CES technology show in Las Vegas. Here is what you can expect.

Read more