The BMW Group has unveiled a new all-electric Mini.
The electric vehicle will be on sale from early 2020 and order books opened on Monday.
The Mini Electric was unveiled at the Oxford plant where the original Mini was built 60 years ago. The new version will blend the timeless appeal of the design and go-kart handling with the latest in cutting-edge, zero-emissions powertrain technology and in-car connectivity, accelerating from zero to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds.
Manufacturing will begin in late 2019, with first deliveries in the spring of 2020 and exports headed around the world.
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Production – and previous plant director of Oxford – Oliver Zipse said, “We are entering an era in which electric cars will become a normal choice for our customers. The MINI Electric will kick off our new model offensive for fully electric vehicles. By 2023, two years ahead of schedule, we will have 25 electrified models on the market. More than half of them will be fully electric”.
The on-the-road list price is from £24,400 after the government’s Plug-In Car Grant has been applied.
The UK Government has pledged to ban the sales of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. To do this, they have introduced a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant given to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.
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”.
The BMW Group is committed to a low carbon future. In 2018, they delivered more than 140,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids worldwide. They will also be electrifying all brands and model series.