MINI to begin production of its all-electric model in 2019

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It has been nearly 10 years since MINI took an important step and laid the foundation for developing electric mobility to production standard at the BMW Group with the MINI E. Unveiled in 2008, the MINI E was the first all-electric car from the BMW Group to be driven by private users in everyday traffic conditions as part of an extensive field trial.

Over 600 MINI E cars entered service worldwide for the field study which provided vital insights into the daily use of all-electric cars. The learnings from this trial were subsequently incorporated into the development of the BMW i3.

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In spring 2017, the BMW Group presented the first-ever production plug-in hybrid model from the British premium brand in the form of the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid. Since its UK launch in June 2017, the MINI Countryman Plugin-Hybrid has impressed customers with its combination of versatility, handling and the option of zero local emissions.

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The all-electric MINI Electric Concept ties in seamlessly with the story so far.

An innovative, zero-emissions solution to the current challenges facing personal mobility, the MINI prototype combines a drive system that is always quick off the mark with a precision-tuned suspension. The drivetrain and performance characteristics offer an enthralling drive on both city streets and country roads that is typical of the MINI product range.

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The perfectly streamlined design provides an optimal balance between agility and weight, enabling the electric vehicle to offer a maximised range in combination with the brand’s unique driving dynamics.

Sophisticated and efficiently dynamic, the MINI Electric Concept encapsulates the automaker’s near-term vision of an all-electric car designed for modern urban mobility. A production version of the MINI Electric Concept will be unveiled in 2019.

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Story originally appeared on Torque.

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