The MINI Electric is the perfect all-electric all-rounder for a weekend away: with iconic head-turning looks, a cossetting tech-packed interior, spritely MINI driving character, up to 145 miles of range, and rapid recharging that can get you from 0-80% in as little as 36 minutes. The result: you can pack in even more adventure.
We asked three real MINI Electric drivers – Iola, Monwar and Misty – to tell us why they love the car. They’ve picked their favourite MINI Electric features and top tips for using the car every day. We’ve even explained how the MINI Electric busts the most common driving myths. But we also wanted to offer some MINI Electric inspiration.
That’s why we’ve created three itineraries for dream MINI Electric getaways. You can read our tips for the south-west of England and the Cotswolds elsewhere. But here’s our five-day plan for the Scottish Borders – blending chic urban style, an iconic British beach, a night under the stars, some of Scotland’s best driving rounds and rounding it all off with a relaxing day in the Lake District. At every step of the way, the MINI Electric makes it easy. So, let’s start the journey.
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Thursday: iconic urban style in Newcastle
Our long weekend starts in Newcastle, with the imposing backdrop of the famed Tyne Bridge and the newer, smaller, but no less iconic Millennium Bridge. Like the MINI Electric’s familiar profile and head-turning Union Jack LED rear lights, Newcastle’s bridges are icons of British engineering, past and present. Equally, the nearby Quayside district is now a bustling hub of cool buzzy bars and restaurants.
Use MINI eDrive Services on the MINI Electric’s large central display to find one of Newcastle’s growing number of city centre fast charging points. Plug in for a long charge, then cross the Tyne to the vast converted former flour mill that houses the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art for an afternoon of creative inspiration.