German carmaker BMW has revealed how the electric Mini could look when the first one rolls off the Cowley Plant production line in 2019.
A basic design for the Mini Electric was unveiled last week and the real thing will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show on September 16.
BMW confirmed in July that the three-door Mini E would go into production at its Cowley Plant in Oxford in two years.
The carmaker has revealed it will have “a powerful electric motor”, although no further technical details have been released.
Harald Krüger, chairman of BMW’s board of management, said the concept vehicle “offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle”, adding that “Mini and electrification make a perfect match”.
Board member Peter Schwarzenbauer added: “With its characteristic go-kart feel and powerful electric motor, the Mini Electric is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot.
“That’s how we at Mini envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world.”
The electric motors and batteries for the Mini E will be made at plants in Germany and shipped to Cowley for assembly.
Councillor Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council, has previously said that the decision to build the car at Cowley confirms the strong role the plant plays in the city’s economy.
He said: “I am delighted that Plant Oxford will remain at the heart of Mini, and that the iconic product from the 1960s will go on into the future as an important part of the new generation of electric cars.
“This confirms the strong role that Mini Plant Oxford will play in the city’s economy in the coming decades, and supports our drive to encourage a shift to electric vehicles to improve the city’s air quality.”
More than 350,000 Minis are made every year, with more than 60 per cent of them built in Oxford, where around 4,600 staff are employed by BMW.
BMW plans to have electrified vehicles accounting for between 15-25 per cent of its sales by 2025.