All-electric Future of the MINI
The Mini brand, owned by BMW, is preparing to release a new Mini Cooper. The car will make its debut at the September Munich Motor Show together with the Countryman crossover and will be offered, including with an all-electric powerplant.
The electric version of the Mini Cooper will be built on a platform developed by BMW together with the famous Chinese concern Great Wall. Its production will be launched at a joint venture in China. The version with the internal combustion engine, in turn, will be based on BMW's own architecture, and it will be produced at the Oxford plant. Both versions will have an identical body with a length of about 3800 mm.
The electric Mini Cooper S will be equipped with a 40 kWh battery, while the SE version will receive a 54 kWh battery. In the first case, the flight range will be about 200 miles (about 322 km), and in the second-about 250 miles (402 km). The power of the basic version will be 181 hp, and the SE version will offer a 215-horsepower installation. Both versions will be offered exclusively with all-wheel drive.
By the way, the all-electric future of the MINI begins this year! It starts with the release of the new MINI Countryman at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. This will be the first time that the mini-model will be fully produced in Germany. The locally produced universal engine, which does not contain harmful substances, is perfect for the environmentally friendly production of the BMW Group in Leipzig, one of the most modern and environmentally friendly automobile plants in the world. As a pilot project of the company to create a "green plant", a long-term, sustainable strategy for energy production and consumption comes into force here.
We are looking forward to giving our customers the first MINI with the inscription "Made in Germany". The new all-electric MINI Countryman demonstrates what the brand embodies: a sense of electrification of karting and a strong emphasis on minimal environmental impact,says Stephanie Wurst, head of MINI.
The main workforce of the plant, consisting of 5,600 employees, produces about 1,000 cars every day. The new MINI Countryman rolls off the assembly line in Leipzig along with the BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. This makes this place the first factory where BMW and MINI cars are produced together, which once again demonstrates maximum flexibility.
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