The new, entirely electric MINI model generation is still expanding; in 2023, the BMW Group facility in Leipzig will start producing the new all-electric MINI Countryman.
- The crossover model will be offered with both pure electric drive and combustion engines.
- Preparations for the start of production of the first MINI “Made in Germany” are already in full swing.
- MINI’s fully electric future will start in 2023 with, among others, the new MINI Countryman at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig.
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For the first time, a MINI model will be totally “Made in Germany”. The locally produced, zero-emission all-rounder is a perfect match for the BMW Group’s Leipzig production facility, considered to be one of the most cutting-edge and environmentally friendly car plants in the world. Here, a long-term, sustainable strategy for energy production and consumption is put into action as the business’s test project for developing a “green factory.”
We are delighted to be able to hand over the first MINI “Made in Germany” to our customers in a CO2-neutral manner thanks to the plant’s sustainable energy supply. In this way, the new all-electric MINI Countryman demonstrates what the brand stands for: electrified go-kart feeling and a strong focus on a minimal environmental footprint.
// Head of MINI, Stefanie Wurst
The BMW Group’s sustainability strategy is fundamentally based on the growth of electromobility. A tribute to the desire of MINI enthusiasts for locally emission-free driving enjoyment is the fact that one in five MINI cars are currently electrified. The manufacture of the new MINI Countryman, which will start rolling off the Leipzig assembly line at the end of this year, will serve as the plant’s next significant turning point and economic stimulus. Next, the plant’s own manufacturing facilities will supply the high-voltage batteries for the all-electric MINI Countryman.
To do this, the BMW Group will invest more than 800-million euros and add eight production lines to its Leipzig facility’s capacity for producing e-components by 2024. The planned 150’000 square meters of production space for the production of E-components is a sustainable investment in the Leipzig plant’s long-term viability. The expansion is linked to job growth and even job security. More than 1’000 workers will be employed in the production of E-components by 2024.
The all-electric MINI Countryman, the brand’s largest model, ushers the new MINI family into an era of locally emission-free electromobility. This model generation marks the beginning of the brand’s transition to an all-electric one by 2030.
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