BMW owner MINI is planning to build all-electric car in Germany rather than in Britain. They initially intended to manufacture in Britain. This news came from a German publication Handelsblatt, which stated that BMW were planning to build in United Kingdom but they lost interested when they opted to move out of European Union. However, no official comment was made by BMW yet. It is even reported that they won’t be going through their planned invested for their Oxford plant.
The reason for this drastic step is attributed to Brexit. BMW officials will be meeting with government officials of Britain in coming weeks to discuss their plans. BMW will then decide their final decision and reveal it by the second half of this year. MINI all-electric car could be produced at one of the BMW’s plants in Germany (Regensburg and Leipzig). It is even a possibility that BMW could manufacture in contract plant Nedcar in Netherlands. Nedcar has already produced 2 MINI cars for BMW.
MINI all-electric car is set to hit the market in the year 2019. The loss of MINI could be a huge blow of United Kingdom’s automobile industry. BMW has planned to convert all the MINI cars into electric one. It is done to follow the stringent emission regulations which have been put into place post Dieselgate. BMW exports 8 out of 10 cars to the European continent from their Oxford plant. It needs to be seen how things will pan out in near future. If it’s true then it would not only impacts its economy but also employment.