BMW Confirms: Electric Mini Coming “Soon”


MINI Superleggera Vision Concept

MINI Superleggera Vision Concept

Mini boss (and member of the board of management at BMW AG) Peter Schwarzenbauer has announced that Mini will trim its lineup down from the 8 models currently offerd to just 5 in the near future.

Typically, a move such as this wouldn’t be of interest to us, but along with the announcement that the Mini brand is shrinking in number of models came confirmation that an electric Mini is coming “soon.”

Electric Mini

It’s also not all backpedaling. Mini will offer an electric vehicle “soon,” the BMW management-board member said.

The car could be modeled on the Superleggera concept showcased at the Paris Motor Show in October.

“Soon” is certainly open to interpetation, but we’re guessing that in less than 2 year’s time, an electric Mini will enter production.  Will it be based on the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept?  We sure hope so.

Source: Automotive News

Category: BMWMini


18 responses to "BMW Confirms: Electric Mini Coming “Soon”"
  1. Anon says:

    Needs a top…

  2. ffbj says:

    Germany just upped the ante in favor of ev’s:

    “The government incentive plan calls for allowing companies to write off as much as 90% of the value of vehicles used for business purposes, said one person familiar with the matter. Corporate auto fleets account for about 60% of new-car sales in Germany.”

    1. Mikael says:

      Any idea if it would apply to just BEV’s or PHEV’s too?

      90% on PHEV’s would seem very extreme since you only need to make them cheaper than the ICE version to make it a no brainer for even the most reluctant petrol head.

      1. ffbj says:

        I could not read the WSJ one as it is pay-walled, but from Marketwatch:

        1. ffbj says:

          Right same story.

    2. Spec9 says:

      I KNEW IT. As soon as all the Germany automakers (BMW, VW/Audi/Porsche, and Mercedes/Daimler) had plug-in cars available, I knew the Germans would then offer EV incentives.

      Good for them, it is about time! And what a GREAT way to fight against that jerk of a neighbor, Vlad Putin.

      1. MDEV says:

        We should learn from Germans in how to support and fell proud of local industries.

  3. Lou Grinzo says:

    The looks of this car would be dramatically improved if I were sitting in the driver’s seat.

    Just sayin’.

    1. Mikael says:

      I can’t decide if I think the car looks like a furbie or Herbie. So I’m just gonna call it BMW Fherbie.

  4. Spec9 says:

    DO IT!

    Announce that you will build the MINI Superleggera Vision and I will instantly join the buyer list. (Assuming it has a decent sized battery and a DC-fast charge port.)

  5. tedfredrick says:

    Love it. I am a big BMW fan. Nothing like driving the ultimate driving machine

  6. Nix says:

    A Mini Countryman EV or PHEV would be very nice. Especially a through-the-road AWD PHEV version. Gas motor powers the front wheels, electric powers the rear.

  7. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Whatever happened to the Mini AWD plug-in countryman or clubman?…

  8. Mike says:

    An agressive move to make Germany the number 1 producer of EV’s. That’s how they roll. It’s about winning new markets.

  9. Spec9 says:

    C’mon BMW/MINI . . . build the MINI Superleggera Vision. It will be a HUGE success if you build it with a decent sized battery and fast charging.

  10. AC says:

    Put the i3 internals into the superleggra and I will buy one. I have an i3 and it is perfect for my needs.