BMW announced that the company would have in the future an entire fleet of electric versions of the Mini. The carmaker admitted that the model would only feature three doors and the production is going to start in the year of 2019. They already selected the facility in charge with this mission as well. This is about an Oxford factory yet it would tackle only the assembly part.
The Oxford Factory Will Also Receive Manufactured Parts from Germany
On Tuesday, BMW appointed its Oxford plant as the location to work on the production of an electric Mini in 2019. The target is to create a compact vehicle for urban areas that generates zero-emissions. The company had several choices for the primary production site including a German and a Born, Netherlands facility before deciding for Britain.
While the Oxford factory is the main location for Mini 3 door model, not all its parts will be created here. BMW Group’s e-mobility center at Landshut and Dingolfing plants are going to create the electric drivetrain. Afterward, the component will travel all the way to Britain to be incorporated into the actual car. This gear consists of gearbox, motor, and battery pack.
Through this move, BMW keeps the new model at the same factory in charge with the majority of present Mini productions. Therefore, the automaker is in for large financial savings. The project would only take tens of millions of dollars which is a low investment in this particularly competitive market.
BMW Risks to Receive a Big Hit from Brexit Event Through This Decision
However, the Brexit phenomenon might heavily impact the company. With its international operations, BMW is dependent on both U.K. and E.U. The two parties haven’t agreed yet on an official deal. These uncertain conditions leave the company with a lot of risk taking decisions. The imports of drivetrains and car exports might generate deep holes in the company’s budget.
On the other hand, the company stated that it is going to base its decisions only on current political realities. On top of that, the British government has not asked yet for any special deal. This indicates that Brexit might not be such a swift change after all.
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