Mini pinpoints the end of its combustion engine
More details have emerged on Mini’s plans to become a fully electric brand by 2030. As of next year, BMW’s sub-company will launch a new generation of an all-electric platform, and in the year 2025, its showrooms will see the last model equipped with a combustion engine. The target is that by 2027 half of the sold Mini cars are BEVs.
As for now, Mini only has the Cooper SE on offer as a pure electric offering. That car might be fun to drive, its small battery and modest range are being eclipsed by newer models from the competition. Not strange in fact, because the technology underneath, based on the BMW i3, is more than a decade old.
Mini’s new electric underpinnings are most likely to debut on the next generation of the Countryman, planned for next year. The brand already announced that the new Countryman would be launched with both electrified and classical propulsion. And ‘electrified’ doesn’t merely imply hybrids, because the company also vowed that it would have at least one BEV version of every new model it launches in the future. So one and one is two.
As for combustion engines, that future ends in 2025 when the last Mini with such a powertrain will be released. How long Mini intends to keep that engine on sale, is not officially communicated. Presumably, it will coincide with the lifecycle of that particular model, usually six to eight years.
Great Wall Motors
On the BEV side, Mini further confirms a new all-electric version of its three-door Hatchback, as well as the planned arrival of two battery-driven cross-overs. One in the smaller and the other in the medium segment. For the technical development of some of these models, the German-British brand is teaming up with Chinese Great Wall Motors. A shared architecture will result from their collaboration.
It would seem that the Chinese teamwork would be applicable for the smaller city car versions. For the all-electric Countryman, Mini is turning to parent BMW. It will ride on the platform and propulsion systems of the iX1. Both will be produced in Leipzig, Germany.
80% less CO2
Aside product planning Mini further confirmed its engagement to produce in a more CO2 efficient manner. The supply chain must emit 20 percent less CO2 by 2030 while the production plants will gradually shift toward green electricity exclusively. That should make it possible for the brand to cut its CO2 emissions by 80 percent by the end of the decade.
Lastly, a quick historical note that puts the electrification of the brand Mini into an interesting perspective. Did you know that the transition actually forms a bridge to its roots? The classic version of the Mini arose amidst the era of the Suez crisis when the world was confronted with its first important oil shortage. As for now, the brand is keen to be once again the appropriate answer to a global energy challenge.