MINI decided to abandon gasoline, diesel and hybridsJuly 15, 2019
Full transition to electric motors should occur by 2030
In the next 10 years, the manufacturer of compact city cars MINI plans to completely abandon gasoline, diesel and even hybrid engines and transfer all its cars to all-electric engines. This information was confirmed by the managing director of MINI Peter Schwarzenbauer.
As Schwarzenbauer told Auto Express, the requirements of major European cities for the environmental friendliness of cars are becoming more and more severe, therefore, in order to maintain a presence in the market, the company has already begun work on reducing emissions. In addition, the company noted a growing interest in electric cars, which also speaks in favor of a full transition to eco-friendly cars.
Schwarzenbauer added that the company was surprised by the high interest in the first electric MINI. According to him, the car was met much warmer than marketers had supposed, therefore electrification is absolutely the right direction for the company’s development.
“Gradually, we completely electrify the entire line of MINI – it fits perfectly into our concept, because the first brand that comes to mind when you mention a city car is MINI”
The first electric car maker officially unveiled at the end of July. Model MINI Cooper SE is equipped with a 184-horsepower electric motor and a battery with a capacity of 32.6 kilowatt-hours. Acceleration to the 100 km/h takes 7.3 seconds from the novelty, and the mileage on a single charge reaches 270 kilometers. MINI went to this for about 10 years – the first experimental electric car appeared in 2009, the company built several hundred prototypes for tests, but it did not go to the MINI E series.
According to the head of the company, the full transition to electricity will happen no earlier than 2030. This is a logical time, especially considering that since 2040 in the UK they will completely ban the sale of cars on gasoline and diesel fuel. Local authorities have already allocated 255 million pounds to reduce emissions from diesel cars, and over the next 20 years they plan to completely abandon non-ecological transport.
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