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The first all-electric model of the British premium brand cuts a particularly striking appearance in the city of Las Vegas.

15 May 2020 | International News : U.S.A

This is a city with a magic glow where replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Egyptian pyramids and the Venetian canals form backdrops for spectacular hotel and casino buildings.

The fact is that the imitations of famous sights on Las Vegas Boulevard - familiar to everybody simply as the 'Strip' - attract more tourists every year than each of the originals.

The MINI Electric generates zero emissions with an all electric drive
When cruising down the 'Strip', the fabulous MINI Electric amazes passers-by with snappy but almost soundless bursts of acceleration.

The journey from one traffic light to the next represents an ideal opportunity to make use of the two-stage brake energy recovery. Depending on the volume of traffic, each of the two toggle settings has its own distinctive appeal.

If you toggle to strong recuperation, the MINI Electric is aggressively decelerated as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal. This mode channels a particularly large amount of energy back into the high-voltage battery. In the other mode, the car rolls to a stop at a leisurely pace and with reduced braking action.

The new MINI Electric's highly efficient heat-pump technology helps the vehicle to remain cool in the desert heat
Just 30km away from the 'Strip', Red Rock Canyon at sunrise presents a wonderful play of colours on the shimmering rock formations clothed in a red glow. Soon afterwards it gets really hot around 50 degrees Celsius there.

Any mobile phone battery will soon run out of juice when subjected to these conditions. By contrast, the high-voltage battery of the new MINI Cooper SE remains 'cool'.

The range is between 235km and 270km with a fully-charged battery, and it only comes down very gradually. This is made possible by an extremely effective all-in cooling system for the interior and the high-voltage battery. It also permits pre-conditioning of the interior. The remote app for MINI Connected even allows the pre-conditioning to be activated remotely - provided the all-important smartphone has not lost its charge in the heat.

The MINI Electric's electronics remains unaffected by the powerful electromagentic waves near the Hoover Dam
Another popular excursion takes visitors to the Hoover Dam located around 50km to the south-east of Las Vegas. 17 turbines also harness the power of the water to generate electricity.

Powerful electromagnetic waves occur near the dam as a side effect of the zero-emission energy generation. These waves encourage the development engineers of the BMW Group to divert to the Hoover Dam on their test drives through Death Valley with prototypes of new models, in order to put the ruggedness of the electronic vehicle systems through its paces.

Tests like this have significantly improved the electromagnetic shielding over recent decades. As a consequence, the onboard electronics of the MINI Electric remain distinctly unimpressed during the trip over the dam, while the occupants are once again unable to take their eyes off this man-made spectacle.

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