Jan 12, 2021 - 03:12 pm
German carmakers increase electric car sales
German carmakers Porsche, Audi, VW and the BMW Group, have published sales figures for 2020. Although overall sales declined, their sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids still saw a significant increase. In some cases, these now account for a double-digit share of total sales.
Dec 29, 2020 - 01:07 pm
BMW aims for electric car production plans of 20%
BMW is aiming to build “a quarter of a million more electric cars than originally planned” between 2021 and 2023. The automaker wants to more than double the share of electrified vehicles in its sales from around eight per cent this year to around 20 per cent in 2023.
Nov 19, 2020 - 12:36 pm
BMW puts 400 million euros into Munich plant
BMW announced that it would invest 400 million euros in a new vehicle assembly line for its main plant in Munich as they gear up for electric car production. For this, the company’s combustion engine production will have to make way.
Nov 10, 2020 - 05:33 pm
Mini stops deliveries of Mini Cooper SE Countryman
Mini has stopped delivery of the Mini Cooper SE Countryman All4 for the time being by order of the regulatory authorities. The plug-in hybrid is currently not reaching the specified electric range. An update of the battery management system shall remedy the situation.
Nov 5, 2020 - 03:38 pm
Swindon offers electrification kit for the classic Mini
The British company Swindon Powertrain now offers a kit for converting the classic Mini to electric drive. Swindon Powertrain had already presented such an E-mini last year. The Classic Mini Kit will be available from December at prices starting at 8,850 pounds net.
Nov 3, 2020 - 12:57 pm
Mini to release performance Cooper SE
Mini is currently developing a performance version of its all-electric Cooper SE. Reports in the media have the model being called Mini Electric GP. The project has been given the green light, but performance data has not yet been released.
Oct 14, 2020 - 04:12 pm
BMW adds charging products & bonus system for hybrids
BMW Charging and Mini Charging expand their range of charging products for the market launch of the fifth generation of the BMW electrification kit. Together with the iX3 as the first model of this fifth-generation, a new mobile charging station is being introduced, and there is now also a bonus point system for plug-in hybrids.
Oct 14, 2020 - 03:53 pm
BMW UK partners up with Off Grid Energy
BMW Group UK has announced a new partnership with Off Grid Energy to create a sustainable second life solution for its electric car batteries. Off Grid Energy will reuse spent battery modules from BMW EVs to adapt them for use as mobile power storage units.
Oct 13, 2020 - 01:43 pm
BMW recalls multiple PHEV models
BMW again has a problem with the high-voltage batteries in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Due to possible impurities in the production process of the battery cells, there is an increased risk of fire in several series.
Jul 5, 2020 - 05:21 pm
ChargeNow rebrands: BMW Charging & Mini Charging
The ChargeNow charging service operated by Digital Charging Solutions for the BMW Group was renamed BMW Charging and Mini Charging respectively as of 1 July. Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) continues to operate the services.
Jun 16, 2020 - 02:36 pm
Mini rumoured to be going cobalt-free
According to a British news site, Mini is planning the first electric model as a five-door SUV as part of the Spotlight Automotive joint venture. There is also speculation about the cell supplier and a larger SUV for the USA.
Mar 11, 2020 - 01:40 pm
Mini Cooper SE US market launch complete
The first electric Mini, the 2020 electric Mini Cooper SE has officially arrived at US showrooms over the weekend with a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,900 plus an additional $850 Destination & Handling fee.
Dec 18, 2019 - 11:02 am
BMW USA accepting Mini Cooper SE pre-orders
BMW USA has officially opened up for pre-orders of the incoming battery-electric Mini Cooper SE. The electric vehicle will hit showrooms in early March of 2020, with a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,900 plus a $850 Destination & Handling fee.
Dec 1, 2019 - 02:36 pm
BMW joint venture begins construction in China
Following the announcement that the joint venture Spotlight Automotive by BMW and Great Wall in China has received official approval for factory, BMW has now announced the official ground-breaking ceremony for the plant in Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province.
Nov 24, 2019 - 12:54 pm
BMW and Great Wall JV gets plant go-ahead in China
BMW and Great Wall’s joint venture Spotlight Automotive, founded for the production of Mini electric vehicles in China, has now received regulatory approval for a joint factory. Despite the progress of the joint venture, permission to produce electric series vehicles at the plant has not yet been granted.
Nov 6, 2019 - 12:11 am
BMW to add 4,000 charge points at DE-sites
The BMW Group plans to install more than 4,100 charging points for electric cars at its German locations by 2021. Primarily intended for employees, around half of the charging points will also be accessible to the public.
Oct 29, 2019 - 02:26 pm
US: Prices are out for the electric Mini Cooper SE
Already being hailed as one of the most affordable electric cars to enter the US market, the electric Mini Cooper SE is to have an MSRP of $29,900. In some places, with federal tax credits and state electric vehicle tax, the price will drop as low as $17,900.
Aug 9, 2019 - 12:57 pm
BMW 225xe PHEV gets a better battery
Following the BMW 530e, the BMW 225xe Active Tourer is now also available with the latest battery cell technology upgrade. The new battery increases the electric range of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer by more than 25 per cent to up to 53 kilometres.
Aug 5, 2019 - 12:54 pm
BMW’s joint venture for Mini in China in question
The joint venture Spotlight Automotive between BMW and Great Wall for the production of Mini electric vehicles in China may be in danger of failing. The strategic and cultural boundaries may prove too great, German media reports.
Jul 22, 2019 - 12:04 pm
Orders open for the Mini Cooper SE across Europe
The all-electric Mini Cooper SE can now be reserved in a total of twelve European countries; These are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Jul 18, 2019 - 09:20 pm
Krüger succession: Oliver Zipse new BMW CEO
Oliver Zipse will take the lead at BMW on 16 August, the board just decided as much. With Harald Krüger leaving, the German carmaker will have much to do to catch up on electric mobility, fast.
Jul 16, 2019 - 01:47 pm
Mini may go fully electric in 2030
With the Mini Cooper SE or the Mini Electric in the UK, the British-Bavarian small car brand presented its first production electric car just a few days ago. Now, according to a BMW board member, Mini might in future only make electric cars.
Jun 25, 2019 - 01:18 pm
BMW details its electrification plans
BMW wants to achieve its electrification target two years earlier than initially planned – and is thus confirming corresponding reports. Besides, the Munich company is showing what the electric future should look like with two new concept vehicles.
Jun 24, 2019 - 12:42 pm
BMW is accelerating electrification plans
BMW plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2023 – two years earlier than previously announced. Group CEO Harald Krüger also announced an ambitious growth target for electrified models.
Apr 9, 2019 - 01:50 pm
Bernd Körber takes the reins at Mini
On the 1 April just past, the reins of the BMW Mini brand were handed over to Bernd Körber (44), who was previously responsible for strategy and management at BMW. Körber succeeds Sebastian Mackens at Mini and will lead the brand “towards an electric, dynamic and urban future”.