The British brand MINI is determined to abandon internal combustion engines, producing only electric cars. Heavy from now on will be fines on automakers that do not comply with emission limits. In order to avoid mammoth fines, companies are therefore forced to set aside internal combustion engines and switch to electric mobility.
This will be followed by Volvo, which recently announced that it will have dedicated zero-emission cars. It is recalled that a similar notice was issued by Jaguar Land Rover.
According to well-informed sources cited by the Automotive News website, from 2030 Mini will produce pure electric models, completely abandoning internal combustion engines. The company’s latest thermal motor car will be unveiled in 2025, while by 2027 one in two of its sales will be electric models.
For the time being, BMW, which owns MINI, is refusing to comment on the rumours. The landscape, however, may be cleared up today Wednesday, March 17, at the presentation of BMW’s annual report by the company’s CEO, Oliver Zipse.
Currently the only electric MINI is the Cooper SE, which has an engine of 181 hp, accelerates from a stop at 100 km/h in 6.9 sec and its autonomy reaches 177 km. The Countryman is expected to be produced in an electric version from 2023, which will be assembled at the Leipzig plant, along with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the new Series 1.
Finally, it is not out of the question that a new electric model, smaller than the MINI three-door, will be launched.