Future Mini Plug-In Hybrid is “For Certain” – Pure EV a Possibility Too

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Mini E - A Pure Electric relic of the Past

Mini E – A Pure Electric relic of the Past

A future Mini will plug in, that’s “for certain,” says Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member in charge of Mini.

Can't Wait to See a Plug-In Hybrid One of These

Can’t Wait to See a Plug-In Hybrid One of These

Schwarzenbauer was recently interviewed by Automotive News Europe.  The topic was the future of Mini.  Most of the discussion focused on production sites/capacity, future engine options and on how many Mini variants we’ll see in the coming years (8 to 10, can you believe that?).

Anyways, the discussion didn’t catch our attention until we saw this Q & A:

Will Mini sell electric cars or leave that niche to the BMW i subbrand? [Question posed by Automotive News Europe]

“There will be electrification within the Mini brand, including a plug-in hybrid for certain. We’re still investigating pure EVs.” [Schwarzenbauer’s response]

So, there it is.  Confirmation that Mini will plug in at some point in the future.

When? Our guess is within 3 to 4 years.

Hold tight Mini fans.  An electrified version will return.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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11 responses to "Future Mini Plug-In Hybrid is “For Certain” – Pure EV a Possibility Too"

  1. vdiv says:

    Good! Hopefully it will give the 500e, the SparkEV, and the FitEV a run for their charge! 😉

    Now, less talking and more putting EVs on the market, please!

    1. David says:

      Oh joy, yet another compliance car sold only in CA.
      So far the Leaf is the only BEV sold nationwide other than Tesla.

      1. Brian says:

        Why would you assume this? They said nothing about availability, so naturally you assume the worst?

        Given that mini is owned by BMW, they don’t actually have to sell an EV to comply – they can ride on the i3’s coattails. What’s more, BMW has confirmed time and again that the i brand will be available nationwide – i.e. not a compliance car. I say give them the benefit of the doubt until they prove otherwise.

        BMW has been slow to roll out EVs, but they have been forthcoming about their plans to take it slowly. BMW has pretty much been right on schedule from the mini-e to the Active-e, to the i3. Contrast that to others who make aggressive claims and then back down.

      2. Nate says:

        Wrong on many levels.

        –A plug in hybrid would not be a compliance car.

        –Not everyone likes the Leaf. Choices somewhere are better than choices nowhere.

        –Many cars are not available nationwide day one.

        Within the last 24 hours, I’ve seen 2 Fit EV’s and 500e. I live hundreds of miles form Cali.

  2. Dan Frederiksen says:

    I hunch that the Mini needs to innovate it’s design soon or it will get terminally old.
    It’s an ugly little car with a high price tag. I’m amazed they are still alive.
    Doing a conversion of an ugly little expensive car is probably not a good way to go.

    They could take the opportunity to do a light weight aerodynamic fast and good looking EV in their brand but what are the odds of that happening..

    1. Brian says:

      It’s not often that I hear the word “ugly” used to describe a mini. Out of curiosity, what is a good looking car to you?

      1. Nate says:

        That is a good question. I’d like to see his list of cars in the same size class that are currently sold in the US, that he sees as good looking.

    2. David Murray says:

      Well, this is certainly a case of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” While I personally agree that the Mini Cooper is not attractive, especially the dash board makes me gag. But I know plenty of people who think it is a very attractive car.

    3. Nate says:

      I think the Mini as well as the 500 are way better looking than most compact cars, at least in the US market. Its better looking than a lot of cars in larger classes too. The trend to have head/side light clusters that extend most of the way up to the windshield tends seems unfortunate, but the 500 and the Mini avoid this look. To me, the Mini looks way better looking than the Leaf, despite being in a smaller class. This is just my opinion, but I’m not confused that my subjective opinions about appearance are facts.

      I’d be interested if we put a poll up somewhere how many people would agree with your perception or mine.

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    This would make a good eletric car in that it’s fairly small and it’s a common car so people who like Mini cars would be tempted to buy them so it works out in the end.

  4. Anders says:

    Toolate it’s now 2014 or never.