Hint: who needs a brake pedal?
The new Mini Cooper SE is the automaker's first all-electric vehicle and, chances are, there will be plenty more to come. Until then, Mini wants to focus on the benefits of EVs aside from the long-established environmental improvements. The Mini Cooper SE is the first electric car from its BMW Group parent company in which the driver can individually determine the extent of recuperation and the amount of deceleration. In other words, it just lapped the Nurburgring without braking. Here's how:
Depending on the selected driving mode, which is controlled via the right-hand toggle located beneath the center console, the car's electric motor supplies more or less energy back to the battery once the driver takes their foot off the brake pedal.
This braking effort associated with toggling the electric motor to engage the generator operation is accordingly low or high. With these functions activated, the level of brake regeneration and also the deceleration can be harmonized with the driving style and for track performance.
Activating the toggle ahead of attacking serious track curves results in a soft recuperation, while tight curves hand be handled proactively for maximum energy recuperation and deceleration without the driving having to even touch the brake pedal. So Mini figured it'd demonstrate this complete lack of braking at the Nurburgring. The core idea of this braking system to make the most of the electric powertrain in your favor.
The driver needs to know when to activate energy recuperation through deceleration, store enough of it in the high-voltage battery, and then use it on the straightaways and rapid bends. This technology essentially demonstrates how an efficient two-stage recovery system can work hand-in-hand with spirited performance driving.
At the 'Ring's Gallow Hill bend, for example, the Mini Cooper SE made good use of all of the energy it stored during recuperative deceleration instead of being expended while braking. Mini is only getting started with EVs and because of its performance heritage (not to mention its BMW parent company), this advanced recuperative braking tech will surely make its way to future Minis and, more than likely, BMWs.