BMW unveils all-electric Mini, with plans to build them in China

2018 New York Auto Show The Classic Mini Electric will take you back to the future

Mini's showpiece for NY was based on a restored example of the classic Mini Cooper, with the powertrain replaced by a pure-electric variant.

Electric Minis are not a new idea, and the company even put a fully-electric version of the previous R56-generation auto into very limited production - totalling around 600 cars.

BMW Group said on Wednesday that it would begin production of its all-electric take on the iconic British vehicle in the United Kingdom next year, in time to roll it out in conjunction with the car's 60th anniversary. With this unique vehicle, Mini sends out a clear signal demonstrating its commitment to retaining the brand's unmistakable character whilst embracing innovative zero local emission technology'.

This year, however, Mini chose to take a slightly different approach to the NY auto show.

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The fully-electric production vehicle is now being developed, and is set to hit the roads in 2019.

The classic Mini Electric is the result of an imaginary journey through time, where the story of classic model is extended by a consecutive chapter. After all, a two-door Mini really should be "Mini".

A new electrified Mini model is on the horizon, but it will take the form of the company's newer hatchbacks. With battery and motor technology becoming cheaper and more accessible by the day, there are now a number of companies that can convert any classic auto to electric power. The original from the second half of the 20th century becomes a sympathetic ambassador for environmental awareness and a form of sustainable mobility whose future has just begun.

Turning our attention back to the concept, you'll notice that the brand emblems and badging on the wheel hubs have been replaced the MINI Electric logo. The front end features the trademark brace of spotlights. Now, before you go running to a Mini dealership with your chequebook, you should also know that there will only ever be one Classic Mini Electric ever made.

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