MINI Reveals Sketches Of Its Fully-Electric Car

BMW Group and China's Great Wall Motor have partnered to produce electric MINI vehicles

Mini has unveiled detailed design sketches of its first fully electric production model, which is set to debut next year.

In addition, the sketches show a striking wheel design, which has been carried over from the earlier concept.

"MINI is an urban brand and the fully-electric MINI the logical next step into the future".

The sketches show the car's grille.

The car's grille still has the familiar hexagonal design but with a new closed-off interpretation. Behind the grille, cooling elements are conspicuous by their absence - which means the grille can stay closed and therefore improve airflow. Why so soon? We're told the electric Mini is the next EV on BMW's Number One Next agenda, the carmaker's plan to launch 25 electrified models, 12 EVs and 13 PHEV by 2025.

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A yellow accent bar with an E badge in the same colour produces a powerful contrasting effect and identifies this as an electric Mini.

Mini says these wheels, "take the motif of the accent bar on the grille and add their own asymmetrical twist".

The electric concept previews the future battery-powered production Mini, while the John Cooper Works GP Concept celebrates the brand's Monto Carlo rally win of 50 years ago. The British manufacturer's E pilot program did gather good response and the momentum of ten years did pursue Mini to get the green signal from BMW Group for a road-going version.

Coming back to the new electric Mini, it will still be built in Oxford, but the drivetrain is to be supplied by the Dingolfing and Landshut plants.

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