Many car manufacturers are now planning for a future without petrol and diesel. BMW is no exception and, in July this year, released details of their new Mini Electric, due to come onto the market in 2019. The company has already gained a reputation for innovative developments in recent years with its series of hybrid and hybrid plug in vehicles across its range.
If you’re in Germany this September you can get a sneak preview of the new car at the Frankfurt auto show but there are few concrete details coming out into the public arena at the moment. BMW was one of the first main stream manufacturers to experiment with electrifying their cars way back in 2008 when it started trials on a mini hardtop and the i3 was launched almost 6 years later. The growing popularity of electric cars, particularly after the success of companies like Tesla, has given the company a renewed impetus for producing their own line of cars.
That’s not just limited to the Mini. BMW are looking at electrifying all its models including those in its sports car range. We already have the electrified Cooper S E ALL4 Countryman which is a hybrid petrol and electric vehicle and you can expect the new model due out in 2019 to have all the Mini brand attributes that you might expect.
Most experts who have been trying to garner more technical specs for the Mini electric believe that it will have a single electric motor which will probably deliver a 200 mile range. The company is hoping to produce a mix of hybrid, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids which are expected to hold up to 20% of the market by the middle of next decade.
As a total, BMW now has 9 electrified cars across their ranges and the sales have gone a lot better than expected. Worries about the cars having less power and not being able to compete in many categories, especially the sports car, appear to be unfounded. The BMW Group now lies third when it comes to electric car sales and has plans to develop this side of things much more in the future.
The new Mini electric car should sell particularly well in the UK where it accounts for about a fifth of BMW sales of the brand. Despite uncertainty over Brexit, it appears that the battery and engines will be developed in Germany and then fitted in the UK at the Cowley Mini plant which employs some 4,500 workers. One side effect of the electric motor is that it won’t need a grille to promote cooling which could improve the aerodynamics on the new model.
The announcement comes at an opportune moment, as the UK has recently stated that it is going to outlaw petrol and diesel vehicles by as early as 2040. With other European nations following suit, that could be the main reason why BMW are now pushing aggressively forward to create the electric cars of the future.
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