New Mini Electric will be built in Oxford
At a big press conference in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) the new Mini Electric was launched. To the great disappointment of the Dutch, the first electric vehicle of Mini will be built in Cowley (near Oxford, UK). With a range of about 235 km, the Mini Electric mainly aims at (sub)urban use.
A 135 kW/184 hp strong electrical motor drives the front wheels and accelerates the Mini Electric in 7,3 seconds to 100 kph. The top speed is limited to 150 kph. Mini succeeded in keeping the electric version only 145 kg heavier than the Cooper S with ICE engine, but the latter is a fairly heavy car for its size at 1.365 kg.
A 32,6 kWh battery pack can deliver a range of around 250 km. That is not so much for a brand new EV, but Mini wanted to keep weight low and aims with this Mini at people who live in cities or suburbs. Charging can be done at home and public charging points (fast charging at 50 kW possible).
The new electric car will be available to order online as of today and will appear in the Mini showrooms in March 2020. In Belgium, the price is 33.100 euros, in the Netherlands 35.000 euros.
Assembled in the UK
In March, BMW CEO, Krüger, hinted that the production of the electric Mini could well be moved from the UK to the Netherlands in case of a no-deal Brexit. Now it has been decided that the EV will be assembled in Cowley (near Oxford in the UK) where other Minis are already produced.
VDL Nedcar in Born (the Netherlands), where another part of the Mini production is located, will not assemble the electric version of the Mini. At this moment, the hybrid versions of the Mini Countryman and the BMW X1 are already assembled there.
After announcements of (mainly) Japanese manufacturers but also others about partially or entirely leaving the UK, this announcement is highly appreciated in automotive Great Britain.
Especially as it comes a few days after Jaguar Land Rover has announced assembling its electric cars of the future in the UK as well. The pressure of the British government on foreign but still ‘very British’ brands to stay in the UK has been sufficient.