Within weeks of unveiling an ecological figurehead, the ‘fun’ Mini Cooper SE Convertible one-off, Mini is making noises about an electric model on the horizon. The automaker’s vision of an alternative fuel drivetrain future is reflected in the Aceman, the next-gen Paceman that foreshadows Mini’s dedication to an all-EV lineup by 2030.
If any single brand is pre-configured for selling an electric powertrain lineup, it’s Mini. Buyers tend to be progressive-minded, and the car is certainly more City Mouse than Country Mouse. A contemporary, literate, and fairly luxurious take on classic European urban getabout, the Mini Cooper is poised to go plug-in only, and beyond it: into hydrogen and solar power.
But the Aceman is a bit more radical than a Mini with a green soul. Its design is angular to a fault, reflecting more progressive designs like the Lamborghini Urus, while its LED atmospherics of its nose are striking: strip headlights and a green neon sketch of a grille. Red and blue accents keep the whimsy strictly visible, though.
Inside the Aceman, sustainability is the watchword, as expected. No leather here; it’s been traded out for textiles made from recycled materials.
If you’d like a closer look at the Aceman, Mini is bringing it to the Gamescom fair in Cologne this August.