Say hello to BMW’s design concept for a full-production electric version of the next generation Mini.
Production of the Mini Electric was confirmed for its Oxford plant in 2019 it was announced at the end of July, 11 years after the Mini E was launched. Just 600 examples of that pure-electric Mini were made.
The fully-electric car will be launched at the Frankfurt motor show in September and the carmaker on Wednesday hinted that the new vehicle will retain Mini’s customary design from previous models.
BMW says it will have a “powerful electric motor” as it looks to produce a zero emissions vehicle under the iconic brand.
Mini’s exterior design boss, Christopher Weil, said the job of creating the Mini Electric concept started in January and lasted just six months.
“The process was very quick,” he said. “Projects that run quickly are often both nicer to work on and more effective than those that take longer. The quicker we move, the more pure ideas can be.”
Before deciding it’ll be build in Oxford, the German car manufacturer said it had considered locations in Germany and the Netherlands before settling on the UK.
A spokesperson from BMW said at the time it hadn’t received any reassurances from the Government over trading arrangements post-Brexit.
The Oxford plant turns out around 60 per cent of its approximately 360,000 compact cars a year, according to Reuters.
Since the announcement by both the UK and France to ban new diesel and petrol cars in the near future, major car companies are pushing to produce affordable green energy vehicles.
China is also reportedly looking for electric car manufacturers to accelerate production for viable alternatives to petrol and diesel-fuelled cars as it looks to cut its poor air pollution record.