All Future Mini Models To Be Available With Electrified Powertrains

The all-electric Mini E three-door is just around the corner and the car manufacturer has just confirmed that its electrification plans won’t stop with this vehicle.

During a recent discussion between Auto News and BMW board member in charge of Mini and Rolls-Royce, Peter Schwarzenbauer, it was revealed that all future Mini models will be offered in all-electric guises.

“Electromobility is an excellent fit for our urban, progressive and open-minded customers. The success of the Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid, which accounted for 13 percent of the model’s global sales last year, demonstrates that.

“To secure the long-term future of Mini, we will enable the range to be all electric, should the customer prefer that,” Schwarzenbauer said.

Also Read: Mini’s 2019 Electric Model Will Be Also The World’s First Electric Hot Hatch

The BMW board member went on to confirm that Mini will continue to sell vehicles with combustion engines as the automaker doesn’t yet “know how quickly electric mobility will spread.”

“Let me be clear, though, there will not be a single Mini model we plan to launch that a customer won’t be able to order with an electrified drivetrain,” Schwarzenbauer added.

One important aspect of Mini’s electrification plans is the joint venture BMW and Great Wall Motor have in China. This joint venture will see various electric Mini vehicles built across China and while Mini has yet to say if these models will be sold outside of China, Schwarzenbauer said it “is entirely conceivable” that they will be.

In addition to building vehicles based on a platform co-developed with Great Wall, Mini will also use a distinct architecture from the BMW family to support some of its future models, including EVs.

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  • ME

    An electric car by Mini not made in Europe will be a first, but will it be affordable now that it is made in China? Not.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    As long as they don’t keep upping the price and outprice themselves out of the market

  • sidewaysspin

    Ridiculous those rear lights, like an expression of blatant nationalism.

    • Patriotism, and I’m not British yet I think it’s cool.

    • KAG25

      Oh please, it is part of BMW, a German company

    • Anthony McGowan

      Completely agree – those rear lights are polarising opinion. I know a number of fellow Scots who won’t consider a MINI hatch because of them. Dealers will retrofit the old circular design tail-lights, but will charge £700…

  • KAG25

    A EV Mini would be pretty fun, give it a 300 mile range and under $40K price.

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