The MINI Plant in Oxford has already built more than 11,000 MINI Electric models since production began, with 3,000 UK orders in the mix.
It’s a year since MINI revealed the MINI Electric (the MINI Cooper S E in the rest of Europe) as it finally turned its initial EV adventures in to production reality.
Production of the MINI Electric actually kicked-off at the MINI Plant Oxford (although the electric gubbins is put together in Germany first) in November last year, and despite the Covid-19 enforced lockdown MINI has managed to build 11,000, a milestone reached just before the summer shutdown (why a summer shutdown with so much time lost to Covid-19 we don’t know), with 3,000 of those heading for UK buyers
That decent rate of production tends to indicate MINI were right to deliver the MINI Electric with a modest battery size – 32.6kWh – powering a 181bhp electric motor and delivering a range of 124-144 miles, a combination allowing MINI to price their electric model from £24,400 (after PiCG).
Good though it is to see the MINI Electric shifting in decent numbers, and MINI saying it will account for a third of MINI 3-Door Hatch builds in 2021, it’s a long way short of the 78,000 who put their name down for a MINI Electric by the time production started.
David George, Director, MINI UK, said:
We’re delighted the MINI Electric is such a success in the UK and that our customers love the car as much as we do. It’s fantastic to see the growing popularity of electrified vehicles – the UK already accounts for nearly a fifth of global MINI Electric and MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid sales and we know that demand is increasing.