It was back in July 2019 when Mini first revealed its all-electric model, the Cooper SE. Powered by an electric motor that produces 184 PS and 270 Nm of torque, it provided hot hatch-like performance, but with zero emissions. It also ushered in a new era for Mini as more and more automakers shift towards electrification.
Today, the company is still making vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE). But in the future, however, Mini will transform into a fully-electric car company. This was confirmed by BMW Chairman Oliver Zipse during the company's Annual Conference, as well as the global reveal of the BMW i4.
“Mini will be the first BMW Group brand to go fully-electric. In 2025, we will be releasing the last model with a combustion engine variant,” said Zipse.
With Mini set to abandon the ICE, it presents a big shift for the brand. Zipse added that Mini is the ideal city car for e-mobility. With its compact size and internal dimensions, it will serve as the BMW Group's premiere electric city car.
“By the early 2030s, Mini will exclusively be fully-electric,” added Zipse.
The company estimates that EVs will account for half of Mini's annual sales by 2027. With this in mind, the company is confident that it has made the right decision. This means that every single new car launched by Mini after 2025 will no longer be powered by a combustion engine.
2025 is still 4 years away. For now, BMW says Mini will continue to build, sell and refine its existing models powered by combustion engines.