BMW's future electric hatchback will be assembled in the UK; its drivetrain will be built in Germany

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The concept will offer a first glimpse of the model's design and its technical specifications before production starts in 2019.

Parent company BMW confirmed last month that Mini's all-electric model will be constructed at the brand’s plant in Cowley, Oxfordshire, and be based on the three-door variant.

The new model is to be built alongside the rest of the Mini range but it will use a new electric drivetrain that will be made in BMW’s e-mobility factories at Landshut and Dingolfing in Bavaria, where the i3's drivetrain is also built. Range is predicted to be at least 250 miles.

The announcement that production will be in the UK quelled concerns that BMW could produce the electric Mini entirely in Germany, partly due to economic uncertainty created by the prospect of a hard Brexit.

Autocar confirmed the electric Mini’s development late last year following an exclusive interview with Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer. The 57-year-old German said the car’s 2019 arrival was significant because that’s when the “next step in battery technology” will make the model to be viable for market.

The car will join petrol and diesel versions of the three-door Mini and is part of wider plans to electrify more of Mini's range. The process began this year with the recently launched Countryman S E Cooper plug-in hybrid.

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.

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25 July 2017

So BMW are going to built the drivetrain in Germany, just in case at the last moment when they realise that the Brexit deal is c***p, they can shift final assembly to the Netherlands!!!!!

 

 

25 July 2017

'cause car manufacture can always be shifted around at the last minute. Some people are just to hate filled for their own good.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

25 July 2017

Why can't people accept a democratic decision?

It's MINI for us, then, in 2019!

25 July 2017

Some people are inevitably going to make a Brexit-based comment(!).  Please get this: it doesn't matter if the deal is c**p, the POINT is getting sovereignty back.  We will have control back.  If we screw things up in the 2020s then at least it will be our fault, caused by people WE elected.  If we still have a massively-rising population (we are more densly-packed than Pakistan or China!) then it will our fault, not the decision of a German woman.  The POINT is that it is democracy, it was voted for by the majority of those who bothered to vote.  It doesn't matter if it turns out slightly-worse, economically.  ALL that matters is that we can vote in, or out, the people to right it.  If we had carried on inside the crazy club, then we couldn't have done a thing about anything.  People don't seem to understand sovereign control.

25 July 2017
Bazzer wrote:

People don't seem to understand sovereign control.

I think people do. The question is where you set the boundary within which the concept of sovereignty applies. You set it at the geographical entity called Britain. Other prefer to be Europeans and set it in the geographical-politico-economic entity called the EU

26 July 2017

But on that basis why will you be happy with accepting the UK government's control?

If you are from, say Newark, why wouldn't you want Newark and Sherwood District Council to have sovereingty?

 

 

14 August 2017
Bazzer wrote:

If we had carried on inside the crazy club, then we couldn't have done a thing about anything.  People don't seem to understand sovereign control.

You see, the thing is... if you go to a madhouse you will learn the that outside world is crazy. Just as the idiot never thinks he's an idiot.

 

25 July 2017

The Remainer RATS have tried to scare us about how many jobs might be lost after we have left the EU.

They deliberately don't mention that thousands of jobs have moved abroad or been lost completely while the UK has been in the EU.

They don't talk about all of the fishermen who lost their jobs - a consequence of being in the EU. They don't talk about the Cadburys workers who lost their jobs when the factory was moved to Poland.

Car manufacturers could move production to another country at any time. TATA has set up JLR factories in China, Slovakia and South America. When the time comes they will close the UK factories and move the equipment abroad.

British freedom and democracy are the most important things.

New companies are created all the time. Companies go bust from time to time.

We must think long term and the best long term plan for the UK is to leave the European Union right now.

25 July 2017
Don't worry about jobs staying in the UK. With the slow collapse in the value of Sterling Britain will become a nice low wage economy like Slovakia is now. Some people are already at this low wage point. Does it matter that much if teachers,firemen and nurses can't afford to buy new cars? Apparently not.

14 August 2017
max1e6 wrote:

They don't talk about the Cadburys workers who lost their jobs when the factory was moved to Poland.

Right, and keeping the Polish out of UK will make sure companies don't move their factories where the labour is. In a world where it is faster to travel from London to Poland than from London to Newcastle, where many jobs can be performed remotely from Poland, how long do you think it will take until businesses realize they can just move over there?

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