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Road Trip with a MINI Cooper SE from Silicon Valley to Hollywood.

Munich/San Francisco. The Silicon Valley, synonymous
with digital giants like Google, Apple and Facebook, is an innovation
heart and deliberate a creation bureau of a world. If a first
reward electric tiny automobile hasn’t been invented in Munich it would
have been invented here.

We set out with a MINI Cooper SE (combined fuel consumption:
0.0 l/100 km; total electricity consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100
km; total CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) from San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Park and cranky a famous overpass with a box loaded
with a weekender bags, and a high-voltage-battery entirely charged.
The all-electric MINI Cooper SE has a accurate same loading ability as
a conventionally powered MINI Hardtop 2 doorway (211 – 731 liters).
This is a many distinguished disproportion from a initial electrified MINI E
of 2008: That was a two-seater. Now a battery container is located under
a passengers, obscure a core of sobriety even serve towards
that mythological go-kart feeling all MINIs are famous for.

The wire cars of San Francisco remind us of a electric mobility
that was invented centuries ago while we conclude a high downhill
roads for recuperation purposes. This is where a one-pedal-feeling
of a MINI Cooper SE is so constrained – yet even meditative to
hold a brakes we decelerate with palliate while a generator recharges
a battery.

Only blocks from Highway #1 is Lombard Street, simply a most
curved highway in a universe with a 8 pointy hairpins. The high one
approach downhill singular line travel has an desire of 27 percent and a
endorsed speed of usually 5 miles per hour (8 km/h). Bullitt (Steve
McQueen, 1968) did not fly down this highway in one of a many epic car
follow scenes in film story yet we are usually mins divided from
Brisbane where that prohibited office finished badly in a gas station.

San Francisco – Monterey.

Heading south a ridges of a Coast Ranges apart us from Palo
Alto, Cupertino and a rest of a Silicon Valley. We switch the
MINI Cooper SE to Green+ mode and windows down we acquire a Pacific
Ocean breeze. With a famous Redwood timberland to a left we set the
journey control to an suitable speed good subsequent a singular top
speed of 150 km/h. The rather gentle outward heat of 22°
Celsius fills a cabin as we suffer a wordless cruising mode of the
21st century.

As we are shutting in on Santa Cruz for some sandwiches during famous “The
Picnic Basket” (125 Beach St.) we have still copiousness of electricity on
board. We will usually recharge in Monterey – after 188 km and out of
pristine preference – where we will have used usually dual third of the
battery’s capacity. Overnight charging is easy given a MINI Cooper
SE allows for customary domicile currents as good as wall boxes and
discerning charging with approach stream and adult to 50 kW.

Monterey – Cambria.

Only a few miles south of Monterey we strech Big Sur and a Bixby
Creek Bridge. As we follow one of a many removed stretches of road
along a composed seashore a unobtrusiveness of a tiny and
wordless MINI Cooper SE is utterly suitable – a high and imperishable Santa
Lucia mountains, home of a singular california condor, arise abruptly
from a furious sea surge. The Pacific Highway shrinks to a narrow
two-laner that cuts a approach by thespian stone formations while the
final of a visit landslides reclaimed a highway for some-more than one year.

The change could not be some-more thespian as we strech Cambria, a literal
shelter with a aged english design (with castle), poetic pine
woods and a moonstone beach. Also famous as Canaima, Cambria was the
ideal plcae for a film “Arachnophobia” (1990). Rangephobia
yet is nonexistent with 40 percent operation still accessible when we recharge.

The MINI Cooper SE reconciles a story of mobility with its
future. It is as quick, flexible and fun to expostulate as a nonconformist
strange classical Mini from 60 years ago. Yet it is some-more accessible for
a coastal highway outing and snugs itself orderly into civic areas or
hushes silently by a healthy beauties.

Cambria – Santa Barbara.

Heading south to Santa Barbara we enter a American Riviera where
a hunger trees make approach for palmtrees. Reactivating a cruise
control, it is time to open a windows once some-more and offshoot the
playlist from a smartphone to a stereo as we expostulate towards Moro
Bay for some surfing impressions and a coffee stop during a “Top Dog”
(857 Main Street).

Caffeine-affected we suffer a present torque smoothness of the
135 kW/184 hp engine and a continual energy delivery. Even compared
to a required somewhat stronger MINI Cooper S (combined fuel
consumption: 6.4 – 6.1 l/100 km; total CO2 emissions:
147 – 139 g/km) a electric chronicle offers an enterprising driving
knowledge of a new kind: There is no conspicuous engine vibration
and a 270 Nm of limit torque concede for fast acceleration
(0–100 km/h in 7.3 seconds). The stronger recuperation setting
(activated on start-up), lowered core of gravity, polished suspension
and expostulate trip control complement supplement adult to some really energetic driving,
generally when streamer into and accelerating out of a tighter bends
in Sport mode towards Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara – Venice Beach.

Only mins south of Santa Barbara is Rincon Point (Spanish for
“corner”), simply one of California’s many famous roller spots and it
could not be some-more conveniently located: The automobile park is literally
right subsequent to a Pacific Highway exit and it also offers a charging
station. We leave it for others in need given we will usually use some 60
percent of a battery’s ability to a final end Venice
Beach, home of a fit and beautiful. To make ends meet, L.A. was the
correct film plcae for “The Italian Job” (2003).

Closing in on L.A. we are reminded that a cities’ fog problem in
a 1970’s instituted California’s despotic glimmer standards. Now that
we suffer a purify air, surf, alloy food and glimmer giveaway mobility
that turn of atmosphere wickedness seems generations away.

In California, electric mobility is partial of bland life – sure. But
a MINI Cooper SE will minify electric mobility.

In box of queries, greatfully contact:
Press and PR

Matthias Bode, Spokesperson Communication MINI
Phone:
+49-89-382-61742
E-Mail: [email protected]

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Phone: +49-
89-382-23662
E-Mail: [email protected]

 

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