Cowley boosted by Mini Electric

Posted on 29 Jul 2019 and read 269 times
Cowley boosted by Mini ElectricBMW unveiled the new Mini Electric — a battery-powered version of the iconic car, with a 124-mile range — at its Cowley plant in Oxford last week. Production is due to start in November, with deliveries expected to begin
in March 2020.

The car has a 32.5kWh battery pack and promises acceleration from 0 to 62mph in just over 7sec.

Oliver Zipse, BMW’s production chief, said: “We are entering an era in which electric cars will become a normal choice for our customers.

“The Mini Electric will kick off our new model offensive for fully electric vehicles.”

BMW has been testing the electric Mini concept at car shows since 2017; it announced earlier this month that it would ramp up electric-car development to catch up with its rivals in the shift to e-mobility and to meet tougher EU emissions laws coming into play from next year.

Its goal is now to launch 25 new electric and hybrid cars by 2023, two years earlier than originally planned.

The first Mini rolled off the production line at Cowley 60 years ago. It was originally launched by the British Motor Corporation in response to fuel rationing that followed the Suez crisis of 1956.

BMW said in a press release that the new electric version of the Mini will be integrated into the same production lines as the existing internal-combustion engine models.

Mini’s UK director, David George, said: “We believe the new Mini Electric could be a tipping point for those who have been thinking about choosing an electric car, to take that step now.”

At present, the UK has a network of more than 24,000 public charging connectors in nearly 9,000 locations, according to the Department for Transport.

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