Aimed to be built by 2019, a fully electric version of the Mini Cooper will be produced at the Cowley plant near Oxford. About 360,000 Minis are manufactured each year, 60% of them built at Oxford. BMW has also formed an alternative manufacturing base in the Netherlands after concerns about Britain’s sustainability as an export hub after Brexit.
Redesigned from the ground up, the drive train which includes the motor, gearbox, and battery pack will be assembled in Germany, where existing Mini Coopers were already produced. BMW believes that it is not necessary for a new factor or production line. Furthermore, the drivetrains are already being imported into the UK and many completed cars are being exported back to Europe leading to risk costs that could rise sharply if tariffs are introduced on cross channel trade.
BMW aims for electrified vehicles to account for 15%-25% of sales by 2025 already making electric motors and batteries for all of its electric cars at two factories in Germany, Dingolfing and Landshut. Electric car development has been boosted by a series of announcements in recent months, beginning on Monday with government investment into battery technology.