You can now buy a brand new electric ‘MINI’ for just £3,500 – but there’s a catch

Motorists were stunned to learn they can buy a brand new electric ‘Mini’ for just £3,500 – but there’s a catch.

A mini electric vehicle is the best of both worlds, offering plenty of style and eco-friendly, zero-emission driving.

The Chinese-made

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The Chinese-made “Mini” visually mimics the car we know in BritainPhoto credit: alibaba.com
The squarer design and more upright stance give the game away

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The squarer design and more upright stance give the game awayPhoto credit: alibaba.com

But a MINI Electric model normally costs around £32,000 and can go up to £40,000 when you add a few extras.

Of course, there is a catch to all this, which explains the amazingly low price of the mini car.

First of all, the small electric car is not manufactured by MINI itself or its famous parent company BMW.

It is manufactured by a Chinese company called Shenyang High Power Machinery & Equipment and is available from the online store Alibaba.com.

This Chinese copy mimics the characteristics of the MINI, but ends up looking like a jumble of parts, whilst being powered by a much smaller motor and battery – giving it a top speed of just 25mph.

According to the ad, charging takes eight to ten hours, and disc brakes should also be available all around.

However, one costly problem is that you have to spend thousands to get the car from China to the UK.

And of course, if the “wrong” MINI is delivered to your home, you cannot register it and drive it on public roads. This comes after motorists found out that you can now buy a brand new Mercedes G. Car 4×4 for just £5,000 – but of course there’s a catch to be aware of here too.

The mini-style badge looks familiar, but it's not the original

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The mini-style badge looks familiar, but it’s not the originalPhoto credit: alibaba.com
Dubious design details while the wheels don't seem to fit in the big arches

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Dubious design details while the wheels don’t seem to fit in the big archesPhoto credit: alibaba.com

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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