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New Mini Electric concept unveiled

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A new Mini Electric concept will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

The reveal comes almost 10 years after Mini E laid the foundations for production-standard electric vehicles within the BMW Group.

Unveiled in 2008, it was the first all-electric car from the BMW Group to be driven by private users in everyday traffic conditions as part of an extensive field trial.

More than 600 Mini E cars entered service worldwide for the field study, which provided insights into the daily use of all-electric cars.

The learnings from this trial were subsequently incorporated into the development of the BMW i3.

The unveiling of the Mini Electric concept also follows the launch of the brand's first electrified production model, the Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid earlier this year.

Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, said: “The systematic electrification of the brand and product portfolio is a mainstay of the BMW Group’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. 

"The Mini Electric concept offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle. Mini and electrification make a perfect match."

Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, said: "With its characteristic go-kart feel and powerful electric motor, the Mini Electric concept is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot.

"That’s how we at Mini envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world."

A production version of the Mini Electric concept will be unveiled in 2019.

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