We don’t expect a fully electric MINI for years but we do know that BMW has its sights set on electrifying the brand. First up will be a plug-in hybrid Clubman and Countryman (which we broke the news on almost a year ago). After that its anybody’s guess what will come to market. However we know that BMW is looking into creating a fully electric MINI in time for the 4th generation to launch around 2020. That car (likely code-named the G56) will be BMW’s opportunity to create something from the ground up that can be powered by both fossil fuels and electricity. Given the brand’s investment in carbon fiber manufacturing it’ll also be a great opportunity to create something not just 10-15 lbs lighter (as MINI has done with the past two generations) but materially different in weight that the F56.
WHAT'S COMING UP?
August's run is a joint run with our friends in Silicon Valley Club, co-hosted by James Schenck (SVM) & Simon Tidesley (NorCal MINI...
The Future Is Coming And Will Bring Hybrid And Electric MINIs
MotoringFile discusses the success of the BMW i3 electric. It is outselling Tesla. Therefore, the article speculates, in part:
Posted by NorCal MINIs