An all-electric three-door Mini is coming, so too are loads of electrified BMWs. BMW Group reconfirmed introduction of the all-electric MINI in 2019. The automaker made it known for the first time that the fully electric Mini will be a MINI 3-door Hatch, assembled in Oxford, UK.
The production all-electric MINI is kind of a return to the roots as BMW EV efforts began in 2008 with prototype MINI E. Hundreds were build with AC Propulsion for world-wide trial playing a crucial role in the subsequent development of the BMW i3 and i8.
MINI recently began sales of its first plug-in hybrid, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, which has a battery range of only 12 miles.
The electric MINI is part of a broader strategy, under which BMW Group is developing a flexible vehicle architecture that will enable to electrification of all brands and model series.
In other words, BMW intends to offer all-electric or plug-in hybrid versions of each model.
“Electrification is one of the central pillars of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and the company has announced 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’s next generation vehicle architecture will be structured in order to enable new models also to be offered as a full-electric vehicle.”