As expected Mini have announced that the all new Electric Mini will be assembled and built at BMW’s plant in Cowley, near Oxford from 2019.
This will of course compliment the Hybrid Mini Countryman currently in production.
The announcement gives a much needed boost of confidence to the 4,500 strong workforce currently working at the Cowley plant.
Recently the plant was in the headlines for strikes as staff fought for a better pension deal.
The press release:
The BMW Group announced today that the new battery-electric MINI will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door Hatch model.
This fully electric car will go into production in 2019, increasing the choice of MINI powertrains to include petrol and diesel internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle.
The battery electric MINI’s electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3-door Hatch.
Oliver Zipse, BMW AG Management Board member for Production said:
“BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut play a leading role within our global production network as the company’s global competence centre for electric mobility.
“Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand.
If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments.”
By 2025, the BMW Group expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales. However, factors such as regulation, incentives and charging infrastructure will play a major role in determining the scale of electrification from market to market.
In order to react quickly and appropriately to customer demand, the BMW Group has developed a uniquely flexible system across its global production network.
In the future, the BMW Group production system will create structures that enable our production facilities to build models with a combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train at the same time.
Electrification of all brands and model series continues.
The new, fully-electric MINI is one of a series of electrified models to be launched by the BMW and MINI brands in the coming years.
In 2018, the BMW i8 Roadster will become the newest member of the BMW i family.
The all-electric BMW X3 has been announced for 2020, and the BMW iNEXT is due in 2021.
Today, the BMW Group offers the widest range of electrified vehicles of any car manufacturer in the world, with nine models already on the market.
These range from the full-electric BMW i3 to the company’s newest electrified model, the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, which is produced by VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands.
The company has committed to selling 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017 and will have a total of 200,000 electrified vehicles on the roads by the end of the year.
The BMW Group has benefited from its early start on the road to electrification.
Indeed, the company’s pioneering, large scale electric vehicle trial began world-wide in 2008 with the MINI E. Learnings from this project played a crucial role in the subsequent development of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, technology pioneers which themselves informed the company’s current range of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
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