Photo courtesy of Mini.

Photo courtesy of Mini.

Mini has begun developing its first plug-in hybrid model that can reach highway speeds and would provide multiple driving modes.

The concept vehicle is still in the testing phase, but appears to be a variant of the Countryman, based on photos released by Mini showing the camouflaged vehicle.

The vehicle would offer two driving modes, including Auto eDrive that allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 50 miles per hour and Max eDrive that increases the top speed to 77 mph.

The electric motor sends power to the rear wheels, and the combustion engine sends power to the rear wheels. The vehicle can also be operated in "Save Battery" mode that allows the engine to charge the battery through a generator while powering the vehicle.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet