Mini has launched a new ‘Recharged’ service that will allow owners of the brand’s classic models to future proof their cars with an electric powertrain. 

The firm showed off a one-off concept in 2018 at the New York motor show showcasing an electric version of the iconic model, however due to such a positive reception, the brand set up a team at its factory in Oxford to bring the project to life for customers.

Through Mini Recharged, classic models will have their petrol engine taken out and replaced with a modern electric powertrain – featuring a 120bhp electric motor, allowing for a 0-60mph time of nine seconds, alongside a battery enabling up to 99 miles of range.

All work carried out is on existing cars, while Mini says all changes are ‘reversible’. The firm will even store the original engine, should a customer want to retrofit it in the future to make their car original again. Aside from a charging flap at the rear – though housed where the petrol filler cap would be – and slightly revised gauges, no design changes are made. 

Mini says the project allows a ‘classic Mini to begin a second, more sustainable life’, with all conversions set to be carried out in Oxford, with every car individually numbered. No pricing has been given as to how much it will cost owners to have their cars altered. 

Bernd Körber, head of the Mini brand said, “What the project team are developing preserves the character of the classic Mini and enables its fans to enjoy all-electric performance. With Mini Recharged, we are connecting the past with the future of the brand.”