In a boost for Great Britain, the German carmaker BMW announced it had chosen its plant in Oxford, England, over similar locations in Germany or Netherlands, as the location to produce an electric Mini from 2019.
Mini already makes around 60 % of its approximately 360,000 compact cars a year at Oxford, but BMW has built up an alternative manufacturing base in the Netherlands amid concerns about Britain’s suitability as an export hub after Brexit.
BMW, which owns the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, already produces hybrid or fully battery powered vehicles at 10 plants worldwide after overhauling its manufacturing system to make combustion engined, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive models.
By 2025 BMW expects electrified vehicles to make up 15 percent to 25 % of vehicle sales, the company said.
The drivetrain of the new battery-electric MINI, a variant of the brand’s core 3 door model, will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, Germany, before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford in Britain. The Plant Oxford will be the main production location for the MINI 3 door model