Mini will be the next brand to go all-electric by the 2030s. During BMW Group’s 2021 Media Conference Day, it was announced that Mini’s last internal combustion engine will be introduced by 2025. By 2027, Mini expects electric vehicles to make up at least 50 percent of its sales. Despite that, Mini will stay a global brand and will remain in every region it currently has a presence in.
Currently, Mini sells the all-electric Cooper S E hatchback, which has a range of 110 miles per charge according to the EPA. In 2023, the next-generation Countryman crossover will arrive with both conventional gas-powered and all-electric variants. It will be built at the BMW Group’s Leipzig plant. Mini’s battery-electric models will also be built in China starting in the 2030s in collaboration with Great Wall Motors. They will be underpinned by a new platform specifically developed for EVs from the start.
The transformation of Mini into an all-electric brand is part of BMW Group’s electrification offensive, which includes sweeping changes throughout its production and business practices. Part of the plan includes adding more EVs to segments that all three brands compete in while slowly transitioning away from internal combustion engines.
By 2030, BMW Group expects EVs to account for 50 percent of its vehicle sales. Before 2021 ends, BMW will begin retooling plants currently making engines for EV production with the Munich facility being the first since it’s where the i4 sedan will be made.