Electric powered Minis is likely to be built in China
Reportedly, the Electric-powered Mini cars are likely to be developed in China and also in Oxford where most Minis are currently built. The owner of the Mini brand, BMW told that it had agreed a final outline deal with Chinese manufacturing firm called Great Wall Motor.
The cars built under that partnership will be for the market of China. The deal will not affect the plan of BMW which they announced last year, in order to assemble the very first electric Minis in the land of Oxford from the year 2019. All these cars will make use of electric motors manufactured in the Germany.
Both the BMW and Great Wall Motors will still have to work out a proper plan to finalize the exact location of their production line and their total investment cost.
The government of China has set a target by almost 20 % of cars sold which should be electric or rechargeable hybrid cars by the year 2025.
Electric powered Minis to be develop in China
This brand new target is encouraging all car makers to increase their investment in the Chinese market. BMW already has association with Brilliance Auto for building BMW-branded vehicles in China.
Meanwhile, two plants assembling vehicles, the joint venture has an engine plat that contains a battery factory. Previous year, BMW sold around 560,000 cars in the China. It is an ambitious firm who wants to expand & capture a large share of the fast-growing markets for the electric cars.
The China has a great number of consumers as well as the government policies which are heavily favour electric vehicles.
The vehicles built there will be completely a different model from the electric Mini because it developed in Oxford from 2019 & BMW expects that the Mini brand can enlarge internationally without raising questions about its commitment to the UK.