Electric Mini confirmed for Oxford production despite Brexit concerns

The 2009 Mini E concept was the brand's first EV

The 2009 Mini E concept was the brand’s first EV

BMW announces new EV will be assembled in UK; its drivetrain will be built in Germany

Mini‘s upcoming all-electric model will be constructed at the brand’s Cowley plant in Oxford and be based on the three-door variant, BMW has confirmed.

The new model is to be built alongside the rest of the Mini range but it’ll use a new electric drivetrain that’ll be made in BMW’s e-mobility factories at Landshut and Dingolfing in Bavaria, where the i3‘s drivetrain is also built. Range is predicted to be at least 250 miles.

The confirmation of UK production quells concerns that BMW could produce the electric Mini entirely in Germany, something that was linked to the economic uncertainty created by the prospect of a hard Brexit.

Autocar confirmed the electric Mini’s development late last year following an exclusive interview with Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer. The 57-year-old German said the car’s 2019 arrival was significant because that’s when the “next step in battery tech” will reach a point to make the model viable for market.

The car will join petrol and diesel versions of the three-door Mini and comes as part of wider plans to electrify more of the range. This is something that began this year with the recently launched Countryman S E Cooper plug-in hybrid.

The plan was first outlined in the BMW Group’s Strategy Number One Next paper, which was tabled by chairman Harald Krüger last year and targets up to 500,000 electric car sales annually by 2025 – some 20% of total volumes. It will see the launch of an electric X3 in 2020, the fully autonomous iNext model in 2021 and more models off this electric platform in the following years.

Source: Autocar Online

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