As many other automotive companies, german carmaker BMW has also hopped on the electric mobility trend. This time the Bavarian automaker has committed to transform its iconic Minis into full electric vehicles as of year 2030. It’s going to be BMW’s first all-electric brand.
They have also stated that they intend to reach 50 percent all-electric sales by 2027.
The Mini range has been on the market since 1959 and it’s now one of BMW’s subsidiary brands. So far as today, the only full electric version of the brand is the Mini Cooper SE and the second most similar one is the plug-in hybrid SUV Mini Countryman, which is expected to reach its full-electric version by 2023.
BMW is not the only one working on electric cars or electric versions of already existing vehicles. Last December, Amazon presented ZOOX: a self-driving electric vehicle built only for riders and not drivers. You can read more about Amazon’s first robotaxi here.
The electric automotive company Canoo also delivered some exciting news. After launching its subscription-only EV microbuses, Los Angeles based startup has revealed to be working on an innovative electric pickup truck. Check out our previous article to learn more about Canoo’s latest reveal.
About 300.000 Minis were sold worldwide and over 17.000 were Mini Cooper SE units, which were sold only during the second half of 2020. According to BMW’s report, the company’s partnership with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor is going to play an important role in the brand’s electrification.
Electric vehicles continue to rise around the entire world. Hopefully for the world and ourselves, other automotive companies and startups will continue to join the electric movement as well.