BMW Oxford plant to assemble electric Mini

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Luglio 25, 2017

German automaker BMW Group (BMWYY) on Tuesday announced that a new battery-electric Mini would be one of the brand's core 3-door models.

German luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW said Tuesday it will build a future all-electric version of its Mini in Britain, easing fears that it might move production away after Brexit.

A fully electric version of the Mini is to be built at BMW's plant in Cowley, near Oxford, the carmaker has announced.

Electric motors and batteries will be made at plants in Germany and shipped to the United Kingdom where the electric model will be made alongside the standard cars. Additional electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and beyond 2020, the company's next generation vehicle architecture will enable further fully-electric vehicles.

The battery-electric Mini will go into production in 2019. If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments.

It expects electric models - which it manufactures at 10 plants across the world - to account for between 15% and 25% of sales by 2025. In order to react to customer demand, the group has developed a claimed "uniquely flexible system" across its global production network.

While BMW's electrification roadmap extends well beyond 2020, in the immediate future the new Mini will be joined by a MBW i8 Roadster in 2018, and an all-electric X3 starting in 2020.

All of its models were able to be electrified, with a full electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain being offered in addition to a combustible engine.

Three of these will be Volvo models and two will be high-performance electrified cars from its Polestar arm.

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