At the end of this month, the hip brand under BMW – MINI – will unveil their first, fully electric car, aside from the MINI E conversion launched in 2009. The MINI E trial, along with the BMW ActiveE, was the foundation of the BMW i3. More than 1,800 people and organizations applied to be part of the field trial of 450 MINI Es.
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Last month, the BMW Group announced that the new battery-electric MINI will be a variant of the brand’s core 3 door model. This fully electric 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 at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3 door model. The plant will make the car until at least 2023.
The technology in the expected new MINI-E will draw heavily from BMW’s i3 innovations, just as MINI and BMW ICE cars now share engines and a platform. And with MINIs moving up in size, a fully electric compact sedan is not that far-fetched.
The new MINI electric will be officially shown to the public next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show, just two weeks after its web debut.