A new all electric MINI will be officially shown to the public next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show, BMW Group has announced.
Quick Glance in the Rear View Mirror
Mini has dabbled with electric variants of its models in the past, most notably with the Mini E, an electric conversion of the 2009-2010 Mini Cooper three-door hatchback, which had a range of 100 miles from its 35-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
In the U.S., the Mini E was offered solely for lease to U.S. drivers in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey, but its main goal wasn’t to bring electrification to the masses. Some of those cars continue to run amok on the roads as research vehicles.
So whats up now?
At the end of this month, MINI – will unveil their first, fully electric car, aside from the MINI E conversion launched in 2009. The MINI E trial, along with the BMW ActiveE, was the foundation of the BMW i3.
More than 1,800 people and organizations applied to be part of the field trial of 450 MINI Es.
When can you bring one home to
roost plug in?
Last month, the BMW Group announced that the new battery-electric MINI will be a variant of the brand’s core 3 door model. This all electric car will go into production in 2019.
The electric MINI’s electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3 door model.
Production of the car from Oxford shall continue till at least 2023.
The technology in the expected new MINI-E will draw heavily from BMW’s i3 innovations, just as MINI and BMW ICE cars now share engines and a platform. And with MINIs moving up in size, a fully electric compact sedan is not that far-fetched.
BMW’s larger picture
“The strategy was first outlined in BMW Group’s Strategy Number One Next paper, which was tabled by chairman Harald Krüger last year and targets up to 500,000 electric car sales annually by 2025, representing 20% of total volume. It involves the launch of an electric X3 in 2020, the fully autonomous iNext model in 2021 and more models off the same electric platform in the following years.” – Autocar UK
Fruits from the Grapevine
# The Mini Cooper is just a little shorter than the Chevy Bolt, 158 inches vs 164 inches. BMW should be able to squeeze a decent size battery back with great range! Musk set the new mass produced range of at least 200 miles.
# I’m guessing a 58kWh battery with an EPA range rating of 250 miles.
# I love BMW i3s but they better get their engineers working harder. The car manufacturers also need to build their own public chargers, like Tesla, as the government is always in the slow mode. Right now Chevy Bolt, Leaf, and BMW i3 will be waiting in line because of limited public charging. Even the public D.C. Fast charging is almost 3 times slower charging than Tesla’s Supercharging network!
Moral Science Class Note
The infrastructure is as important as the EV itself.