By Gem Childe on 7th Aug 2017
A fully electric version of the Mini is to go into production at BMW's Cowley plant in Oxford, the German car group has announced.
The new battery-electric mini will be a variant of the iconic brand's core 3-door Hatch model and will roll off the production lines in 2019.
The business secretary, Greg Clark, welcomed the news, saying: “[This is] a landmark decision that is a vote of confidence in the workforce and in the determination of our industrial strategy to make Britain the go-to place in the world for the next generation of vehicles.”
BMW has confirmed that all brands and model series can be electrified, with a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain being offered in addition to the combustion engine option.
Additional electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and beyond 2020.
The company has already 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 battery electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at its Oxford plant, 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.