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.
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.