MINI have now confirmed that an all-electric version of the fantastic MINI three-door Hatch will go into production in 2019.
The concept car will debut at IAA Cars 2017 in Frankfurt, and be on public display from Saturday 16thSeptember. The MINI Electric Concept is compact and agile keeping the identity of the current MINI Hatch, however the MINI electric has an upgraded look with an even sportier exterior including contrasting silver and yellow colour scheme, hexagonal radiator grille and a distinctive E badge above the front wheel. The perfectly streamlined design provides an optimal balance between agility and weight, allowing the car to be dynamic and contemporary.
We first saw an all-electric MINI in 2008 when the MINI E electric car (shown above and right) was released. Limited strictly to just 515 cars, MINI E formed the start of BMW Group’s large scale investigation into electric vehicles and was an integral part in the development of the BMW i3 and i8. MINI E was hailed by automotive journalists as a fantastic car that boasted all of the comfort and fun of a traditionally powered MINI but with even better weight distribution.
Unlike the MINI E this new all-electric MINI will go into full production and will feature a new electric powertrain that will be built in factories at Landshut and Dingolfing in Bavaria – the same place where the i3’s powertrain is produced. The rest of the car will be manufactured and mated with the electric powertrain at the brand’s factory in Cowley, Oxfordshire. The all-electric model will be built alongside other variants of the three-door MINI including a traditional petrol and diesel variants and a plug-in hybrid.
The new all-electric MINI marks part of the announcement in which BMW Group announced that they are looking to create an electric and plug-in hybrid version of each and every model that is produced by BMW and MINI. The BMW Group expects that, by 2025, electrified vehicles (all-electric and hybrid vehicles) will account for between 15-25% of all car sales - an expectation that has been further strengthened by the recent announcement that all new car sales of petrol and diesel cars will cease in the UK in 2040.
Speaking of the brand’s move towards electrification, 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.”
The BMW Group already offers a host of electrified vehicles - ranging from the incredible BMW i Range to the plug-in hybrid 2-series and 3-series all the way through to the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 – the brand’s first plug-in hybrid car – and the company has committed to selling 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017 and 200,000 by the end of next year.
With a number of state-of-the-art models already set for release over the coming years, this latest development and commitment to sustainable energy sources further strengthens BMW and MINI’s pioneering work into the worlds of both all-electric and hybrid vehicles.