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MINI Electric concept

The MINI Electric Concept has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The final version will go into production at the Cowley plant in Oxford in 2019, though the concept provides a glimpse of what’s to come.

Looking similar overall to the current MINI, one of the most interesting touches is at the rear where the lights feature a Union Jack motif to signify its British heritage.

MINI Electric concept

BMW says the “perfectly streamlined design provides an optimal balance between agility and weight, enabling the MINI Electric Concept to offer a maximised range in combination with the brand’s unique driving dynamics”.

No other finer detail is known, other than the fact that it will have “a characteristic go-kart feel and powerful electric motor”.

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, added: “The MINI Electric Concept is a quintessential MINI – compact, agile, simply the perfect companion for everyday driving. At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness.”

Of the 360,000 MINIs manufactured each year, the bulk of them are built at Cowley.

The new MINI’s battery electric drivetrain will be shipped over from Germany to the UK to be intergrated into the car.

Earlier in 2017, MINI’s first ever electrified production model, the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, was launched.

BMW is predicting that by 2025 one in five of the cars it sells will be electric.

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