Mini has announced its intentions to become a fully electric brand from the early 2030s as it seeks to launch a range of new EVs in the coming years.
The British firm introduced its Mini Electric last year, a battery-powered version of its regular three-door Hatch, and has announced today that it will not launch any new combustion-powered models from as early as 2025 – the last such model expected to be the next-generation Hatch. After this, all new models are set to be EVs.
Mini says that “as an urban brand it is absolutely ideal for electric mobility”, and has said that it expects at least 50 per cent of its sales to be EVs by 2027. While stopping short of a fixed date of when it will become electric-only, the firm has said it’s aiming for this by the “early 2030s”.
Alongside the Mini Electric, a new battery-powered crossover is also set to be launched – this set to sit underneath the Countryman in the firm’s SUV range. The next-generation Countryman, due in 2023, could also spawn an EV, given BMW has already confirmed an electric X1 will be produced, and this model will share the same underpinnings as the Countryman.
The announcements were made today at the BMW Group’s Annual Conference, with BMW’s electrified plans also outlined, with the German firm anticipating it will have an electric model available in 90 per cent of market segments as early as 2023.Enquire on a new MINI