BMW to produce electric Mini at new state-of-the-art facility in China
German automaker BMW has revealed in a recent announcement that it will be producing its electric Mini in a new factory in China. The electric Mini will likely be launched in 2019.
The announcement about electric Mini production in China has come within days of a previous disclosure by BMW that it would be producing the iX3 in the country for export. In addition, electric vehicle maker Tesla has also recently disclosed that it has signed Gigafactory 3 deal in China.
The recent EV-related announcements linked to China clearly imply that the country is adding more electric vehicles (EVs) for production at a notably fast pace, and is strengthening its position at the forefront of the ongoing EV revolution.
According to BMW’s announcement, the electric Mini will be produced in China through a new 50:50 joint-venture between the BMW Group and the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. The deal for the electric Mini production by the joint-venture has recently been signed by the two companies.
With BMW revealing that a “new state-of-the-art production facility” through the joint-venture has been planned in China’s Jiangsu Province for producing the electric Mini, Harald Kruger -- Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG -- said that the strategic partnership is “a clear win-win for the BMW Group and Great Wall Motor,” and added that the joint-venture will “contribute to China’s ambitious plans to ramp-up new energy vehicles.”
In a recent report, BMW-focused German website BimmerToday has revealed that BMW’s i3 all-electric car will be getting a new battery cell upgrade, aimed at giving the car a range of more than 200 miles.
Chinese electric vehicle market is fast growing and acceptance of green vehicles in China has increased over the last two quarters.
In Berlin this week, German automaker Audi shared some notable details about the 1,576-pound, 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack of the company’s forthcoming 2019 e-tron battery-electric SUV.
At the Auto China 2018 event held in Beijing this week, General Motors (GM) took the wraps off a stunning new all-electric concept SUV --- the Buick Enspire.
According to the results of a recent Autolist consumer poll, US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has received the highest trust rating among automakers presently involved in developing self-driving technologies.
According to the latest electric vehicle (EV) sales report for China for the month of March 2018, the number of EVs sold in the country during the month touched a total of 59,000 units; thereby marking a noteworthy 85% year-on-year increase as com