BMW's Mini brand is to sell only pure electric cars from 2030, according to a media report, with the last combustion-engine Mini model due to be launched in 2025.
Brand boss Bernd Körber had already announced plans to this effect in the fall of 2020, but now the decision is apparently official and is to be announced shortly by Group CEO Oliver Zipse at the presentation of the financial statements.
Incidentally, back in July 2019, Peter Schwarzenbauer, then the BMW board member responsible for Mini, hinted in an interview that Mini could become a pure electric brand by around 2030 - a target repeated by brand boss Körber last autumn. "For Mini, the Countryman as a plug-in hybrid was the first step - it works much better than originally planned and shows that electrification is the right path for Mini," Schwarzenbauer, who has since left the board, explained at the time.
But now the BMW brand's phase-out of the internal combustion engine is apparently becoming more concrete, with the last Mini model with an internal combustion engine due to be launched in 2025. In 2027, half of Mini sales are to be achieved with electric models, before Mini is to become an all-electric car brand in 2030.