Mini goes electric, launches last car with internal combustion engine in 2025

The BMW Group took advantage of its annual general meeting held on Wednesday in Munich, Germany, to announce its intention to make its Mini brand fully electric.

This makes Mini the third established automobile brand this year to mark a date for the transition to a fully electric range. Last month, Jaguar and Volvo announced their intention to sell electric vehicles only, by 2025 for Jaguar and 2030 for Volvo.

As for Mini, it will present its last internal combustion engine car in 2025 and will not market electric cars until the early 2030s.

2022 Mini Cooper SE

It was reported as early as 2019 that the BMW Group was considering canceling its plan to offer internal combustion engines in the next generation Mini family, when the company was partnering with Great Wall Motor to develop and build electric vehicles in China. The partnership, known as Spotlight Automotive, is currently working on an electric crossover similar in size to the Countryman and slated for 2023.

However, with Wednesday’s announcement, it now looks like we’ll have one more generation of the Mini family equipped with internal combustion engines. The first members of the new generation are expected to arrive around 2023.

Mini’s only electric vehicle at the moment is the Cooper SE which has just been updated for 2022. The company is working on a high-performance electric powertrain for future John Cooper Works models, as well as an electric option. for the next Countryman scheduled for 2023. Mini is also thought to work on a new crossover larger than the Countryman which will have the option of an electric powertrain.

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