BMW announced that it is preparing “several hundred” all-electric MINIs for extensive testing of electrical propulsion as part of its Number ONE strategy. The company said it will provide details on the drive concept and marketing plans at the end of the year.
With this step, the BMW Group wants to gain initial findings as to how mobility from purely electric-powered vehicles can be designed efficiently.—Dr. Norbert Reithofer, chairman of BMW AG.
BMW said that the base vehicles will be built in Oxford, UK and modified with electric drive systems in Munich, Germany. Road tests are to begin in the next 12-18 months to refine the technology.