Mini 3-Door To Come in Battery Electric Version Starting 2019

BMW will be bringing its flexible electrified vehicle architecture over to an all-electric Mini in 2019.

An all-electric variant of the brand’s core 3-door small car model, also known as the Mini Cooper, will start production that year. Car buyers will be able to consider a traditional gasoline or diesel engine version, a plug-in hybrid, or a battery electric model.

The battery electric Mini will have its electric drivetrain built at BMW’s Dingolfing and Landshut plants in Bavaria. Next it will go the company’s plant in Oxford, England, which is the main assembly plant for the Mini’s 3-door model.

BMW Group says it’s part of the next phase in the Number One > Next corporate strategy, with electrification playing a central role. All of its brands and models may be electrified in all-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain offerings in addition to the traditional gasoline and diesel engine standard models.

The company is utilizing experience and infrastructure from developing the i-Series, along with adding a few plug-in hybrid versions to its lineup, to increase efficiency in bringing future electrified models to market. Much of that has taken place at BMW’s center for electric mobility in Bavaria.

“BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut play a leading role within our global production network as the company’s global competence center for electric mobility. Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand. If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments,” said Oliver Zipse, BMW AG management board member for production.

In May, the company announced expansion of the plants to be ready for building the iNext starting in 2021. So far, Dingolfing has been used for producing battery packs for the BMW i3 and i8 since 2013. Since then, new production lines have been added for high-voltage batteries and electric motors used in BMW’s plug-in hybrids.

The Dingolfing plant also builds plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series. Once iNext production starts, Dingolfing will join Leipzig as the second BMW plant to build a fully electric BMW i vehicle.

The all-electric Mini follows the plug-in hybrid Mini Countryman that was launched in late 2016. Upcoming electrified BMW models include the BMW i8 Roadster in 2018, an all-electric BMW X3 in 2020, and the iNext in 2021.

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The German automaker sees electrification as a necessity for future market demand, but flexibility is essential for making it viable. Government regulations, incentives, and charging infrastructure will set the tone, the company said.

Developing its flexible systems and architecture is allowing the company to respond quickly and appropriately to market demand, BMW said. Moving toward its corporate goal of building 15 to 25 percent of its new vehicles as electrified models by 2025 makes flexibility and speed across its global production network a necessity.

 


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