Mini Confirms Battery-Electric Three-Door Hatch, BMW To Electrify Entire Lineup

3 months ago by Mark Kane 9

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An all-electric three-door Mini is coming, so too are loads of electrified BMWs.

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BMW Group reconfirmed introduction of the all-electric MINI in 2019. The automaker made it known for the first time that the fully electric Mini will be a MINI 3-door Hatch, assembled in Oxford, UK.

The production all-electric MINI is kind of a return to the roots as BMW EV efforts began in 2008 with prototype MINI E. Hundreds were build with AC Propulsion for world-wide trial playing a crucial role in the subsequent development of the BMW i3 and i8.

MINI recently began sales of its first plug-in hybrid, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, which has a battery range of only 12 miles.

The electric MINI is part of a broader strategy, under which BMW Group is developing a flexible vehicle architecture that will enable to electrification of all brands and model series.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

In other words, BMW intends to offer all-electric or plug-in hybrid versions of each model.

“Electrification is one of the central pillars of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and the company has announced that all brands and model series can be electrified, with a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain being offered in addition to the combustion engine option. Additional electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and beyond 2020, the company’s next generation vehicle architecture will be structured in order to enable new models also to be offered as a full-electric vehicle.”

Here’s the list of available and announced cars:

  • BMW 330e iPerformance
  • BMW 530e iPerformance
  • BMW 740e iPerformance
  • BMW 225xe Active Tourer
  • BMW i3
  • BMW i8
  • BMW X5 xDrive40e
  • MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4
  • BMW i8 Roadster (PHEV) in 2018
  • MINI 3-door Hatch (BEV) in 2019
  • BMW X3 (BEV) in 2020
  • BMW iNEXT in 2021

The production of EV components (powertrain) is localized at BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, while the plug-in models are produced in 10 plants worldwide.

“The BMW Group announced today that the new battery-electric MINI will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door Hatch model. This fully electric car will go into production in 2019, increasing the choice of MINI powertrains to include petrol and diesel internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle. The battery electric MINI’s electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3-door Hatch.”

“The BMW Group currently produces electrified models at ten plants worldwide; since 2013, all the significant elements of the electric drivetrain for these vehicles come from the company’s plants in Dingolfing and Landshut. Dingolfing additionally builds the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW 5 Series and the BMW 7 Series and from 2021, it will build the BMW i NEXT. The BMW Group has invested a total of more than 100 million euros in electro-mobility at the Dingolfing site to date, with investment continuing as the BMW Group’s range of electrified vehicles further expands.”

By 2025 BMW Group expect from 15-25% of car sales to be plug-ins – up from 4% in June, 2017.

“By 2025, the BMW Group expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of sales. However, factors such as regulation, incentives and charging infrastructure will play a major role in determining the scale of electrification from market to market. In order to react quickly and appropriately to customer demand, the BMW Group has developed a uniquely flexible system across its global production network. In the future, the BMW Group production system will create structures that enable our production facilities to build models with a combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train at the same time.”

Oliver Zipse, BMW AG Management Board member for Production said:

“BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut play a leading role within our global production network as the company’s global competence centre for electric mobility. Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand. If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments.”

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9 responses to "Mini Confirms Battery-Electric Three-Door Hatch, BMW To Electrify Entire Lineup"

  1. pjwood1 says:

    Somewhere above the will to use batteries that are too small, and their shrinking enough to enable use in existing car bodies, could be some decent PHEVs. Is that a little better than faint praise?

  2. Will the new Mini-E have a backseat?

    1. SJC says:

      Look it up, find out then tell us.

    2. john doe says:

      YES, but the legroom is like a regular small car.

  3. offib says:

    It’s honestly quite a bad plan building it in Oxford.

    With the overwhelming wonderful idea called brexit, either this Mini-E is going to strictly be aimed towards to UK market or dead before arrival.

    How on earth is BMW/Mini going to source the batteries for the cars without having import tax on them in after Brexit is completed?

    Or, if the batteries will be UK-sourced along with the car, then how will the rest of us get new one?

    Is there going to be a sweet heart deal? Will other Mini-Es be made outside of the UK? Will BMW willfully make a loss on these or just leave them insanely overpriced from duty fees alone?

    UGH
    why all this…

    1. john doe says:

      It depends on what GB wants.. They can make car parts, or especially EV car parts tax free, with no import duty to control their own economy.
      BMW will try to get parts with no extra costs.
      They have a large market in Britain, with a lot of customers. The deal they make with different countries will show that.
      After Brexit, GB can make their own taxes, and import from whom they want.

    2. Dan says:

      For someone who is not in the EU, this whole idea that “if you don’t belong to the EU, then doom and gloom” is just funny.

      As far as I know, the EU is mostly just a mercantilist suppliers cartel and is pushing to remove, not strengthen, EV regulations around the world. The parts of Europe where EVs do best, like Norway, are not even part of the EU. Most of the manufacturing base for EV parts like batteries are in China and the US.

      If the U.K. manages a trade deal with a dollar denominated bloc, the tariff issue is moot for global sales. If they don’t sign any trade deals, it doesn’t prevent cross border movement of batteries – it just increases the cost to sell in some markets. That doesn’t kill products in Mini’s niche – that only affects low margin products like bananas.

  4. Don Zenga says:

    What is the worldwide sales of 3 door Mini and that of 5 door Mini. 2, 3, 4 door vehicles are on the decline. It’s better to go with the electric version of 5 door Mini which is more practical for families.

    Next time, please post the range.

    1. Mr. M says:

      If inside EVS had known the range they would have posted it. If you know the range, why don’t you post it?

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