If you want an electric MINI, but need more than two doors and the hatchback of the current MINI Electric, then you’re in luck: an all-electric MINI Countryman will be going on sale this year.
The five-door all-electric MINI Countryman crossover is due to be built at BMW’s factory in Leipzig, Germany, and is said to signify the start of MINI’s transformation to an all-electric brand by 2030.
An investment of 800 million euros will also see batteries for the all-electric MINI Countryman produced at the sustainable Leipzig site. This is contrast to the UK, where manufacturing of the MINI Electric Hatch has stopped, with production transferred to China. After more than ten years of talk about the UK being a centre for the production of electric vehicles, we’re wondering what the government’s plan is today, now that significant investment in EV manufacturing and battery gigafactories is taking place in Europe and globally, but very little is happening in the UK in comparison.
That means that despite all the years of talk by government and national automotive bodies, the UK is going to be too late to get a sufficiently large foothold in EV manufacturing.