On the way to sustainable mobility.
8 facts on how this works at MINI.
BIG LOVE FOR THE PLANET. From green electricity to car sharing and visionary vehicles: sustainable mobility has many facets. Check out 8 interesting facts about MINI’s progress in this arena – and how British fashion designer Paul Smith fits into the picture.
When they think of sustainable mobility, most people think of electric cars. And they’re not wrong to think that way. But the key to true sustainability lies in the details. This applies to both manufacturing vehicles (Read more: 8 figures for the future: Our path to sustainable manufacturing) and driving them.
All of us can do so much more to drive conscientiously and considerately for a more sustainable future. Read on to see what MINI is doing to advance sustainability and how MINI drivers can lower their personal climate footprint.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE.
How does MINI envisage the perfect vehicle for urban mobility in the future? An answer to this question is the MINI Vision Urbanaut. This visionary reinterpretation of space not only redefines mobility, it also enables you to live out your own personal “MINI moments”. And it points the way for sustainability as well.
It goes without saying that the MINI Vision Urbanaut is fully electric. The materials used, such as recycled textiles instead of leather and chrome, underscore its sustainable nature. True to the MINI motto, “Clever Use of Space”, it delivers maximum interior space while occupying minimal road space. And while most drivers today use their cars only 9 hours a week, the MINI Vision Urbanaut offers its passengers more than just a ride. The living room-styled interior and the clever, flexible use of space make it the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy time with friends and family – even after you get to where you’re going.
I feel we have created something truly unique.
DESIGN MEETS SUSTAINABILITY.
Reduced to the essentials, made from sustainable materials and incorporated into a sophisticated design: a good description of the MINI Strip concept car created by British fashion designer Paul Smith. The only thing we don’t like about this car is that there is only one of it.
Smith is now stranger to working his magic on a Mini before. But back in 1999, when he covered a classic Mini in the colourful stripes he’s known for, his approach was only based on aesthetics. This time, with sustainability the prime concern, he completely stripped down the fully electric MINI Cooper SE. He created the basic body parts from renewable materials. The dashboard topper pad, parcel shelf and door shoulders are all made from recycled cork, for example. The familiar MINI black bands and front and rear apron inserts are 3D printed from recycled plastic.
Inside, the steel shell is painted a vibrant blue, enhancing the standout appeal of the largely bare interior. The outside is covered only in a transparent paint that leaves visible small scratches and other marks from production. Flaws? Not for designer Paul Smith, who calls his creation “perfect imperfection”.
These 8 scenarios illustrate just some of the ways that MINI intends to shape the mobility of the future. Some of these we have already achieved. But the path to true sustainable mobility is a long one. And it will likely continue to show us new ways in which all of us can live and act even more sustainably. But one thing’s for sure: at MINI, we’re looking forward to it. Because sustainable mobility is fun – especially with that go-kart attitude.
Hinweis (English disclaimers below):
Die offiziellen Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, CO2-Emissionen und Stromverbrauch wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren VO (EU) 715/2007 in der jeweils geltenden Fassung ermittelt. Die Angaben berücksichtigen bei Spannbreiten Unterschiede in der gewählten Rad- und Reifengröße. Die Werte der Fahrzeuge basieren bereits auf der neuen WLTP-Verordnung und werden in NEFZ-Äquivalenzwerte zurückgerechnet, um den Vergleich zwischen den Fahrzeugen zu gewährleisten. Bei diesen Fahrzeugen können die CO2-Werte für fahrzeugbezogene Steuern oder andere Abgaben, die (zumindest unter anderem) auf CO2-Emissionen basieren, von den hier angegebenen Werten abweichen. Die CO2-Effizienz-Spezifikationen werden gemäß der Richtlinie 1999/94/EG und der Europäischen Verordnung in der jeweils gültigen Fassung festgelegt. Die angegebenen Werte basieren auf dem Kraftstoffverbrauch, den CO2-Werten und dem Energieverbrauch nach dem NEFZ-Zyklus für die Klassifizierung. Weitere Informationen über den offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und die spezifischen CO2-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem "Handbuch über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen" entnommen werden, das an allen Verkaufsstellen und unter https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html erhältlich ist.
The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model. The values of the vehicles are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html