Even if its “big sister” BMW is a stubborn old ox and sticks to gasoline, Mini is expected to announce plans detailing its intention to go all-electric.
BMW CEO Oliver Zipse will unveil plans for the British marque this week, according to reports. The title: this Mini will be an exclusively electric car manufacturer from 2030.
A source familiar with the matter claims that Mini will present its last combustion engine vehicle in 2025.
Then, from 2030, when the UK bans the sale of new cars with heat engines, Mini will only sell electric cars.
This will undoubtedly encourage drivers in other regions where gasoline-powered cars will not be banned to switch to electric power – assuming they wish to stay true to the brand.
So if you are looking for a nifty little car that destroys the world by burning dinojuice and still has it Bavarian construction quailty, you will have to find your solution with BMW. Mini’s days are numbered.
There is no official word on the strategy yet. Zipse is expected to lift the veil and provide more details this week.
The news will be quite different rhetoric than Mini’s sister company BMW, which remains steadfast on gasoline-powered vehicle production alongside its slow but steady foray into electric vehicles.
This is despite the commitment of many other popular automakers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and GM, to go all-electric.
Sources: Autocar, Automotive News Europe
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Published March 15, 2021 – 09:10 UTC