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Electric Mini to be produced at Oxford plant

Wednesday 26 July 2017, By Autovolo

Electric Mini to be produced at Oxford plant

Electric Mini to be produced at Oxford plant

BMW Group has announced that the Oxford Mini plant will produce the new all-electric Mini hatch.

A statement has confirmed that the new EV’s electric drivetrain will be assembled at the Dingolfing and Landshut sites in Germany, and will then be incorporated into the car in Oxford.

Production will commence in 2019, with the Mini EV being based on the British brand’s three-door model.

BMW Group also announced that all of its brands’ models will have the capability to be electrified, and that a fully electric or plug-in hybrid will be offered alongside traditional internal combustion engine options.

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.”

By 2025, BMW Group predicts that EVs will make up 15 to 25 per cent of all new vehicle sales.

In addition to the Mini EV, BMW will also launch the i8 Roadster in 2018, while the fully electric BMW X3 will hit showrooms in 2020. The BMW iNEXT will arrive in 2021.