All-electric Mini to go on sale in 2019

The first all-electric Mini will be based on the three-door hatchback and will be able to travel at least 250 miles on a single charge...

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Darren Moss
25 Jul 2017 12:37 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

An all-electric version of the three-door Mini hatchback will go on sale in 2019, as parent company BMW Group seeks to rapidly grow sales of electric vehicles.

The electric Mini is seen as a halo product for the British brand and will sit alongside its other core offerings: the existing Mini hatchback and Convertible, the Clubman estate and the Countryman small SUV. Mini already offers a plug-in hybrid variant of the Countryman, dubbed the S E Hybrid.

While little is known about the electric Mini's range or price tag, it's likely to offer at least 250 miles of electric driving range (the same as the current Renault Zoe) and cost substantially more than the current range-topping John Cooper Works hot hatchback, which is priced from £23,780. Remember, though, that as a fully electric car the new Mini will be eligable for the government's full £4500 electric vehicle grant. In what's been hailed as a vote of confidence in British manufacturing, the new electric Mini will be built in Cowley, Oxfordshire.

All-electric Mini to go on sale in 2019

If the idea of an all-electric Mini sounds familiar, then you might remember the Mini E of 2008. The Mini E was intended to be a small-scale trial of an electric vehicle and was powered by a 201bhp electric motor offering a driving range of up to 120 miles. Only 600 were built (and just 20 came to the UK) – with each being run as part of a six-month pilot scheme in major cities for a lease cost of £330 per month.

More electric BMW models coming

In addition, in the future every new BMW and Mini model will be offered with some form of electrification (be it hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric). By 2025, the BMW Group (which includes Rolls-Royce and Mini) says it expects electrified vehicles to account for up to a quarter of its sales worlwide. So far in 2017, electrified vehicles have accounted for just 4.2% of overall sales.

BMW's plan to expand its electric car portfolio starts with the i8 Roadster, an open-top variant of the all-electric i8 sports car that is due next year, followed by a fully electric version of the new BMW X3, due in 2020. Beyond that, an all-new i-branded car, called iNext, will go on sale in 2021. That vehicle, which is expected to be almost fully autonomous, will have a driving range of more than 311 miles.

The top 10 electric vehicles currently on sale

With Mini looking to take on established electric cars such as the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, we count down our top 10 favourite electric cars – and name the ones to avoid.

10. Volkswagen e-Up

All-electric Mini to go on sale in 2019

The regular Volkswagen Up is one of our favourite city cars and this electric version is just as practical and good to drive; it feels almost entirely uncompromised by its conversion to electric power. It's just that, unfortunately, it costs twice as much as the petrol models.

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9. Nissan Leaf

All-electric Mini to go on sale in 2019

One of the more affordable electric models on sale, the Leaf is about the same size as a Vauxhall Astra and similarly easy to drive. There are two battery options to choose from: a 24kWh that allows a theoretical range between charges of 124 miles and a 30kWh that extends this to 155 miles. The latter is only available on the more expensive trim levels, though.

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8. Toyota Mirai

All-electric Mini to go on sale in 2019

The Mirai is a hydrogen-fuelled car, which means you'll need to fill it up with hydrogen at specially chosen filling stations, of which there are currently very few. It's powered by a single 152bhp electric motor and can travel for up to 400 miles between refills. We found it to be quiet and well-controlled but, at around £66,000, it's certainly pricey. And with limited volumes coming to the UK, it's likely to be a very rare sight.

What Car? rating Rated 3 out of 5

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