Electrification seems ever so likely to be the direction of future automobiles. BMW Group has recently confirmed that an all-electric Mini will be coming in 2019. The group also stated that Mini's first ever all-electric vehicle will be a Mini 3-door hatch. It is set to be assembled in Oxford, England. Currently, the only 'green' vehicle that Mini sells is the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, a plug-in hybrid that has a battery range of 19 kilometers.
Apart from the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid, the rest of the Mini model line up are use gasoline and diesel engines. Mini did however build an electric 3-door hatch before, dubbed the Mini E as pictured above. However it was only developed for field trials and was not actually sold in dealerships.
The introduction of the upcoming all-electric Mini is said to give customers more choice on Mini powertrains. Development and production of the electric Mini's drivetrain will be handled by BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car in Oxford.
Along with confirmation of the first fully-electric Mini, BMW Group has announced that more electrified BMW models are on the way. The decision is part of a strategy planned by the BMW Group to develop a flexible vehicle structure that would enable all brands and models to use electrification. In short, BMW is planning to offer all models with an all-electric or a plug-in hybrid variant along side their internal combustion engine counterpart.
Currently, BMW already offers nine models of electric vehicles in the market most being the under BMW's i-division. In 2018, BMW will be launching the i8 Roadster to add to their electric lineup. By 2020, the all-electric BMW X3 is expected to join the mix with the iNEXT due for 2021. Do expect more electric BMW models as they expand their line up in the future.