BMW to build electric Mini in UK
In good news for the UK car industry, BMW has stated that it intends to build the electric version of the Mini in the country, despite the company initially warning that Brexit could potentially see them up sticks and move production to the EU.
The Mini’s batteries and motors will still be manufactured at the company’s plants in Germany; they will then be shipped to the UK to be fitted to the chassis.
Before the Brexit referendum, BMW was highly vocal in its criticism of the possibility of the UK leaving the EU, citing the possibility that the company’s “employment base” in Britain could be affected.
The switch to electric should be fairly straightforward, the electric version will utilise the same chassis as the current three-door version made at the site. Production is slated to start in 2019.
BMW acquired the Mini brand in 1994, and makes all versions (bar two) at the factory in Oxford. The company expects the UK to be a major market for the electric version. Britain currently counts for a fifth of the global sales of the current petrol and diesel versions. The other two models are manufactured in the Netherlands.
Production is scheduled to begin in 2019.
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