Big announcement from Mini: the company is gearing up for a complete switch to electric power by 2030. The brand will introduce its last combustion engine car by 2025.
Big news coming in from BMW Group’s Annual General Meeting – Mini will only sell all-electric models starting 2030. According to the official statement from the company, 'Mini is set to play a pioneering role going forward, as the urban brand is absolutely ideal for electric mobility.' Elaborating on its future plans, the company also revealed that it will bring in the last combustion engine car in 2025. The British marque claims that by 2027, nearly 50% of its cars would be fully electric.
Currently, the iconic brand only has the Mini SE on sale globally. But the company has recently joined hands with Great Wall Motor with an aim to develop new EVs in China. As per an announcement in November 2019, both partners would together invest around €650 million in setting up a joint plant in China, which would have a production capacity of 1,60,000 units per year.
Meanwhile, Mini is also expected to bring in the new Countryman in 2023. Set to be produced in Leipzig, the new Countryman will be offered with both combustion engines as well as an electric heart. Currently, the brand only has one all-electric offering on sale in the international market – the Mini SE. It draws power from a 32.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which helps it in producing 181bhp and 270Nm. Mini is currently producing the SE at its Oxford facility.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mini isn’t the only carmaker to announce a complete switch to electric vehicles. Just earlier this month, Volvo also announced that it will only produce electric vehicles from 2030. In fact, Jaguar seems to be even more ambitious in its plans of only offering electric cars from 2025.