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Mini moves forward EV plan, will be all electric by 2030

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For Mini, turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines will soon give way to the whirr of electric motors.

According to BMW, Mini will be “offering exclusively all-electric vehicles from 2030”.

This a few years faster than originally announced in March, when the Mini confirmed reports it would have a completely electric range by the “early 2030s”.

According to the company’s earlier goals, Mini will launch its last new model with an internal combustion engine in 2025, and expects half of all sales globally to come from EVs by 2027.

At present the brand’s only EV is electric three-door Mini Electric hatchback.

Priced from $54,800 before on-road costs, the Mini Electric has a 135kW/270Nm motor driving the front wheels.

Fitted with a small 32.6kWh battery, the Mini Electric has a driving range of 233km according to the WLTP standard.

An electric version of the Countryman is expected to debut in 2023 alongside the next-generation crossover.

Mini is also working with Great Wall to develop a range of EVs for both brands, with the first model for Mini expected to be a sub-Countryman model.

The two companies are currently building a plant in Jiangsu province, China, which can churn out up to 160,000 vehicles per year.

MORE: Which brands are going fully electric and by when?

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