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BMW CEO Oliver Zipse is expected to officially detail the British brand's electric reinvention later this week

BMW CEO Oliver Zipse will this week unveil a plan for the Mini brand to go all-electric from 2030, according to a report from Automotive News Europe

Citing an unnamed source "familiar with the matter", the site claims Mini will introduce its final combustion-engined model in 2025, and is aiming for half of its global sales to be electric by 2027.

From 2030, the point at which combustion car sales will be banned in the UK, the marque will sell exclusively electric vehicles. 

The firm has not officially announced the strategy, but it is expected that Zipse will give further details in the BMW Group's annual report on Wednesday 17 March.

Currently, Mini sells just one zero-emission model: the Cooper-based Mini Electric. But the firm recently revealed the radically styled Vision Urbanaut concept, which previews an all-electric, highly autonomous MPV being considered for launch from 2027. 

In late 2020, while it didn't go so far as to confirm dates, Mini did reveal its plan to "enable customers all over the world to have emission-free driving with a completely electrified model family", and that it would still offer "highly efficient petrol and diesel engines, which continue be an ideal solution for target groups and regions whose mobility needs are not yet met by all-electric vehicles".

Mini would be the latest in a flurry of manufacturers to announce a rapid acceleration of their transition to electrification, in line with the UK government's enforced phasing-out of combustion. Fellow British brand Jaguar will ditch combustion five years earlier than Mini as part of its dramatic reinvention plan, and Ford will only sell electric cars in Europe from 2030, at which point Volvo will also stop selling combustion cars

The new 2030 plan means we could soon get our first look at the brand's new electric crossover, which will sit atop a new platform from Chinese joint venture partner Great Wall Motors, and could revive the short-lived Paceman nameplate. The Zhangjiagang factory where it will be built is set to enter operation next year. 

Joining that model in European showrooms will be a pure-electric version of the next-gen Mini hatchback, which unlike the current electric car will be built in China and use a Great Wall platform, and a small EV that could take the Traveller name and use BMW's FAAR architecture.


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Adrian Barlow 15 March 2021
Am I the only person who thinks this push towards EVs is ridiculous, nonsense, will not affect (imaginary) 'Climate Change' and in fact has no environmental benefit?
catnip 15 March 2021

Doesn't sound like much is going to end up being produced in the UK.

Adrian Barlow 15 March 2021
It's almost as if that's their intention.
The rest of the world is not going to be so stupid as to follow the UK's ridiculous example.
shiakas 15 March 2021
So they are not going to offer a mini hatchback build on a dedicated EV platform until the 2030 generation?
It would have enabled for much better packaging and hopefully smaller external dimensions.
This is a wasted opportunity.
Overdrive 15 March 2021

That's not what the report said. It said Mini won't produce any ICE cars from 2030. This will most likely mean they will phase in EV platforms well in advance of that, to replace the ICE cars step by step.

289 15 March 2021 far as the Uk is concerned, this isnt news - government regulation precludes the sale of ICE engined vehicles from 2030!

Strawman_John 15 March 2021
That statement was not made. They said they will not supply IC engines from 2030 on.

They did not say that an electric only platform will not be introduced before 2030. I would not be surprised to see a strategy like the FIAT500, where they introduce the new electric platform vehicle and do a mild refresh on the old platform for IC engines