Swindon's E Classic Mini with a zero-emission makeover was checked out by Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Zero Emission Summit in London recently.

By designing and developing a modern electric powertrain solution for the Iconic Mini, Swindon is helping the automotive industry clean up its impact on the environment.

From battery pack design & manufacture to full powertrain integration, the project has received government approval for funding, helping the concept towards a potential limited production run.

Swindon Powertrain, based near Drakes Way, unveiled the first production electric classic Mini recently. Engineers and technicians at the company designed a bespoke powertrain and battery to power the iconic Mini’s motor, combined with a fully-restored body.

The Swindon E Classic Mini can go from 0 - 60 in 9.2 seconds, can be fully charged in four hours and has a range of 125 miles. The company will do an initial production run of 100 cars.

“This is the first time an electrified classic Mini has entered production,” said Raphael Caillé, the company’s managing director. “There have been one-offs and prototypes before, but we are the first company to launch such a car to the public

“Our business is nearly 50 years old and it’s background is in internal combustion engines. A few years ago we decided that if we want to stay relevant to theautomotive industry we had to embrace electrification.”

The car has been two years in the making to make it ready for a low-carbon city. “It’s an iconic car with a cracking design. But it’s original powertrain has not aged very well,” added Raphael.