BMW Group has confirmed plans to produce an all-electric version of the MINI Hatch in 2019. The battery-electric MINI will be produced at the company’s British plant in Oxford and confirms long-standing rumors the company was working on an EV for MINI.
The battery-electric MINI is being positioned as the next major step in BMW Group’s electrification plans, which include the goal of electrifying every vehicle in the company’s portfolio in some capacity.
MINI’s electric model is slated to a variant of the classic three-door hatchback model. The electric powertrain itself will be produced and assembled in Germany, while the car will be assembled in Britain. Additional details, such as EV range, are still unknown.
This isn’t the first time MINI has ventured into electrification. The company experimented with the MINI E back in 2009, which was a MINI with a converted electric powertrain. The company never sold this car commercially, though.
The BMW mothership is expected to launch additional battery-electric models around 2020, which will likely include an electric version of the popular BMX X3 crossover.