The British car company everyone loves for its many quirks is adding yet another variant to its lineup: a fully electric 3-door MINI slated for production in 2019. The fully electric model joins a gas, diesel, and plug-in hybrid versions in the range.


Both BMW and MINI have supported gas-electric hybrids for many years, but the MINI EV will be the second major solely electric model for the companies after the BMW i3.

The electric drivetrain will be provided by MINI's corporate parent group BMW, and they'll later be assembled with the remainder of the vehicle at the main production plant in Oxford.

At next month's 2017 Frankfurt auto show, it is expected that the electric MINI will be previewed, showcasing both design elements and technical features that will differentiate the electric 2-door Hardtop hatchback from regular MINI models. The range on a single charge should amount to at least 200 miles.

While we don't yet know any details on the new model's size, range, or powertrain, speculations are abuzz. The electric MINI's debut may come with the arrival of Samsung 125 battery cells. Although MINI hasn't said where the batteries will be located, it's reasonable to assume we can expect a front motor and some batteries under the central tunnel, back seat, and boot floor.

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