BMW has revealed an all-electric version of the British MINI. Manufacturing is set to commence late in 2019 in Oxfordshire. BMW intends having 25 electric vehicle (EV) models on streets by 2023.
The new car will boast a 135kW motor, but has a modest range of 144 miles per charge, less than half of competitors like Tesla’s Model 3.
The range however, has been shown to be more than sufficient when compared to recent research supported by MINI that shows that over 1.5 million UK households run more than one vehicle, at least one of which is driven for less than 100 miles per day. Furthermore, these households have off-street parking which would allow for home-based charging.
MINI plans building three variants of the MINI Electric hatchback at BMW’s factory in Crowley. All will be three-doored, and the standard version will be priced at £24,400.
David George, Director of MINI in the UK said: “Now our customers can have everything they love about MINI, but with all the advantages of an electric car – lower environmental impact and running costs and they never have to visit a petrol station again.
“We believe the new MINI Electric could be a tipping point for those who have been thinking about choosing an electric car to take that step now. We aim to introduce a whole new group of drivers in the UK to the fun and cost savings of electric driving, in a way only MINI can.”
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark added: “Our automotive industry has long been a source of national pride and the unique collaboration between government and industry through our Industrial Strategy has helped put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacture of zero emission vehicles, with one in five electric cars in Europe now built in the UK.
“The production of the electric MINI in the UK will play a key role in accelerating the adoption of cleaner, greener vehicles and I am delighted this modern British icon will be manufactured in Oxford.”