MINI to be fully electric by the early 2030s says BMW Group

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A recent speech from Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW Group, revealed evolutionary plans for MINI. Zipse claims MINI will be releasing their final vehicle with a combustion-engine variant in 2025, so MINI will be fully electric by the early 2030s.

In August 2019, MINI aligned with the rest of the motor industry and committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and pledged to create lower CO2 emissions and execute a more sustainable business approach. Zipse explains that BMW Group are increasing efforts to expand levels of electromobility within the Group and electrify their brands.

The Group is currently focusing on five main beliefs to help them achieve their sustainability and electromobility goals:

  • Effective climate protection can only be achieved through group efforts, meaning for the world to become carbon-neutral, everyone must be working towards the same goal.
  • Changing the industry not only needs major efforts, but also the right timing to ensure any adjustments are longstanding.
  • The future of our planet depends on a reduction in the frequent use of raw materials and the consideration of whether it is necessary.
  • Digitisation serves humankind, therefore any products released need to reflect the needs of humans.
  • To ensure advancements can continue to be made, companies need to serve different markets with the right products and technology to ensure the best prospects for further growth and profitability.
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BMW Group have laid out a roadmap for the next 10 or so years. Zipse explains that compared to last year, electric vehicle sales are expected to grow by over 70%. By the end of this year, the Group aims to have provided more than one million electrified vehicles to consumers.

By 2023, the Group claims that thirteen fully-electric models will be available – ‘at least one fully-electric model on the roads in all key segments, from the compact-car segment to the ultra-luxury class’.

‘By the end of 2025, we will have delivered a total of around two million fully-electric vehicles to customers. We will also be growing our sales of fully-electric models by well over 50% per year over the next few years – more than ten times the figure for 2020. We have been focused on this growth and have prepared for it systematically, so we can adapt flexibly to market developments at any time.’ – Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW Group.

Zipse explains that MINI vehicles are extremely agile, making them perfect for the city and to explore e-mobility. The release of the 2017 MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid and the 2020 MINI Electric 3-door Hatch was only the beginning. The focus on advancing electric vehicles at MINI will make them the first BMW Group brand to go fully electric with plans to be exclusively fully electric by the early 2030s.

Explore the full MINI Electric Range at Listers MINI and view the full statement from Oliver Zipse at BMW Group here.

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