BMW reveal electric Mini design
The basic design for the new electric Mini has been revealed by BMW.
The car, which will be built at the firm’s plant at Cowley in Oxfordshire, is set to go into production in 2019. It will be three door and fully electric.
A Mini E electric car was first launched in 2008 for a series of field trials.
The new Mini will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show later this month; BMW says it will have a “powerful electric motor”.
Apart from the nod toward the engine, the German carmaker has not revealed any further technical specifications. Similarly, details about the concept’s interior have not been released.
Currently, around 360,000 Minis are manufactured every year, almost two thirds of which are built at BMW’s plant at Cowley.
The car’s drivetrain will be assembled in Germany, then sent to the UK to be fitted to the rest of the car.
“The new Mini Electric concept is instantly recognisable from the front by its hexagonal radiator grille and circular headlights,” says BMW.
The company believes that electric vehicles will account for between 15-25% of its overall by 2025.
At present, BMW employs 18,000 staff in the UK, the Mini plant at Cowley accounts for 4,500 of these.
Britain is the spiritual home of the Mini, designed and first produced here by BMC before passing through a succession of owners. It was finally acquired by BMW in 2000 and 20% of the car’s overall sales are made domestically.
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