Mini Cooper SE supply-chain issue, base BMW i4, plug-in hybrid ups and downs: Today’s Car News


    Plug-in hybrid gross sales sag in Europe as they preserve popping within the U.S. BMW provides a base model of its i4 EV. And there’s no extra base $30k electrical Mini Cooper—for now. This and extra, right here at Inexperienced Automotive Experiences. 

    The Mini Cooper SE has been a uncommon exception within the electric-vehicle market—in that it’s a nimble, head-turning two-door EV that prices round $23,000, in the event you can declare the $7,500 EV tax credit score quantity. It’s a very completely different sort of totally electrical possibility than a Bolt EV or Leaf. However on account of supply-chain points, the bottom model of the Cooper SE stays unavailable—leaving fashions that begin $4,325 greater. 

    BMW has introduced a lower-priced model of the i4 electrical automotive for the U.S. market. The 2023 BMW eDrive35 will get a single-motor rear-wheel-drive format like the present eDrive40 model, however with a smaller battery and about 260 EPA miles of vary, in keeping with BMW—at $4,000 much less. At $52,395, it prices solely barely greater than the bottom Tesla Mannequin 3 and Polestar 2.

    Ought to sagging plug-in hybrid gross sales in Europe be seen as an indication that the period for this stopgap know-how is over? Earlier than you reply that, contemplate that PHEV gross sales are nonetheless on the upswing within the U.S.


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