The MINI Electric Concept showcased in Frankfurt previews a volume production model that will follow in 2019.
When the first purely electrically-powered MINI to be manufactured in large-scale production goes on the road in 2019 it will be exactly 60 years after the classic Mini was first launched in 1959.
The colours of the MINI Electric Concept reflect that of the MINI E that was produced in 2008. Manufactured in a small series of just 600, it was subjected to field tests in everyday driving conditions, providing key insights for the development of the purely electrically-powered BMW i3. The MINI E aimed to combined the fun MINI driving experience with zero tailpipe emission electric power, all in a stylish MINI design; the MINI Electric Concept aims to bring a more fully developed version of the MINI E to production.
MINI says that the Electric Concept is the next step along the way to sustainable urban mobility. The BMW Group announced in July 2017 that the expansion of its model range to include electrically powered vehicles was to be a central pillar of its corporate strategy. In this connection, start of production of the first purely electric MINI was announced for 2019. Based on the MINI 3 door, the electric vehicle will be manufactured at the MINI plant in Oxford. Its drivetrain, with its lithium-ion battery, will be produced at the Dingolfing and Landshut sites – the competence centres for e-mobility within the BMW Group production network.
The world premiere of the MINI Electric Concept comes just a few months after the launch of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, which has a battery range of up to 26 miles in the NEDC test cycle together with a top speed of 77 mph in electric mode. Electric power and the combustion engine combine to produce a system output of 224 hp.