Italian vehicle customizer Aznom had earlier launched the Ram 1500-based Palladium luxury sedan, but is now trying to make it a little greener.
The company unveiled an electric mini restomado called the Mini E-Classic at the 2022 Top Marquez Monaco Show last weekend. The first customer example will roll out of Aznom’s store this summer, “full production” will begin in September, Aznom said in a press release.
The conversion includes a 14-kilowatt battery pack that Aznom says will provide a range of up to 87 miles. For reference, the modern Mini Cooper SE gets a 110 mile range from a 32.6-kwh pack. Three driving modes — Eco, Normal and Sport are available. An upgraded interior with LED lighting and digital instrumentation and leather upholstery is also part of the package.
Ajanam Mini E-Classic
In addition to these hardtops, Ajnam says it is planning a second version, called the Cote d’Azur, which the company described as a “British open” roof. It’s not a golf tournament, it looks like a big fabric sunroof attached to some classic mini.
Aznom says its electrical conversion has been compatible with the Mini model since 1982, but the hardware will also be adapted for other vintage vehicles in the future.
Aznom is not the only company offering an electrical conversion of the classic Minis. Sweden Powertrain announced its own electric conversion kit in 2020, and Mini itself announced a conversion program earlier this year, which will be operated at a mini factory in the UK. The Mini plans to go all-electric by the end of the decade, with temporary plans to launch its final combustion-engine car in 2025.