BMW has confirmed that a fully electric version of the Mini will be built at its Cowley factory in Oxford.
It says the 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 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 in Oxford, which is the main production location for the Mini 3 door model.
Local Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran described the news as “fantastic”, saying it will mean more local jobs and more green cars on the road.
By 2025, the BMW Group expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales. It currently produces electrified models at ten plants worldwide.