Can an electric vehicle feasibly serve as a police vehicle? BMW tuner AC Schnitzer thinks so, and as proof, it's crafted a Police-spec, performance-tuned Mini E to show off at the Essen Motor Show in Germany.
The company is no stranger to tuning BMW products of all sorts, but this likely marks the first time the company's applied their touches to both an electric vehicle and a car that's designed to catch speeders -- not encourage them. The company managed to get a hold of one of the few Mini E models produced, and then fitted the car with a number of enhancements designed to ready it for police duty.
For the most part, those revisions simply aim to improve the Mini E's handling -- after all, there is a massive lithium-ion battery pack placed in the car's cargo area. AC Schnitzer added four-piston brake calipers and slotted 12.9-inch rotors up front, but we imagine the Mini E's aggressive regenerative braking settings will continue to provide much of the stopping power. Schnitzer's also added an adjustable suspension, its own 18-inch aluminum wheels, and performance-rated Hankook tires.
We'd argue, however, that this car is much more show than go. AC Schnitzer hasn't revised the electric powertrain lurking beneath the skin, meaning this electric cop cruiser still uses a 204-horsepower DC motor to power the front wheels and propel the car to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. AC has, however, given the car a complete makeover. In addition to the authentic Hella police light bar and the wild Polizei paint scheme, the tuner has also fitted the electric Mini with a wild rear spoiler, and front and rear bumper fascias patterned after those used on the Cooper S and JCW models.
Given its limited top speed (95 mph) and interior space, we're not sure the Mini E would make for the greatest pursuit vehicle. It could, however, serve as an ideal runabout for meter maids seeking an alternative to the traditional Cushman Truckster...
Source: AC Schnitzer