BMW Group confirms Oxford production for electric Mini

BMW Group confirmed today that the Mini plant in Oxford will play a role in the production of its new all-electric Mini hatch.

According to a statement, the new Mini EV’s electric drivetrain will be produced in Germany at the Dingolfing and Landshut plants, before being integrated into the car in Oxford.

The new Mini EV will be based on the firm’s three-door model, and will go into production in 2019.

As part of BMW Group’s corporate strategy ‘Number One > Next’, it has announced that all of its brands’ model series can be electrified, with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid being offered in addition to the traditional internal combustion engine.

Oliver Zipse, BMW AG management board member for production, said: “BMW Group plants Dingolfing and Landshut play a leading role within our global production network as the company’s global competence centre for electric mobility. Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand. If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments.”

BMW Group predicts that EVs will account for 15 to 25 per cent of all its sales by 2025.

The new Mini EV is just one of the electrified models that BMW and Mini will release over the next few years. The new BMW i8 Roadster will arrive next year, while the fully electric BMW X3 is set for a 2020 launch, followed by the BMW iNEXT in 2021.

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