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BMW confirms production of electric MINI

Part of plans for electrified future

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As part of its wider plans for an electric future, BMW has confirmed that a fully-electric MINI will go into production in 2019.

The MINI’s existing diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be joined by an electric three-door model. The electric powertrain will be manufactured in Germany and fitted into the car at the MINI plant in Oxford.

The German manufacturer has also announced that from 2020 its vehicle architecture will be structured in such a way as to allow for the fitment of either a combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully-electric drivetrain.

The brand is one of many to have committed to an electric future, with nine electric models already on the market. Toyota, Volvo, Aston Martin and smart are among other manufacturers looking ahead to an electric future.

BMW electric models set for launch include the i8 Roadster next year, the X3 in 2020 and the iNEXT in 2021. By 2025, the company expects electrified vehicles to account for 15-25% of its total sales.

BMW hopes to sell 100,000 electrified vehicles this year, bringing the total number of its electrified models on the road to 200,000.

BMW confirms production of electric MINI

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Katharine Morgan
Katharine Morgan
Katharine was a contributor to both The Car Expert and The Van Expert, and is now Motorsport & Automotive Press Officer for Goodwood.