BMW Group commits $645M investment for Mini EV production in UK
The Mini Cooper three-door EV and Aceman will be produced in the brand’s UK-based facilities starting in 2026, thanks to parent firm BMW Group’s stronger investment in UK Mini EV production to propel the brand into an electrifying future. The British car brand is undergoing a thrilling transformation, with notable changes in its lineup. The brand has plans to produce and offer a revolutionary electric Mini Cooper three-door, with remarkable enhancements in range, power, and speed of battery charging. The Countryman EV will bring faster charging to the sleek all-wheel drive (AWD) compact crossover segment, while the brand-new Aceman, positioned between the five-door Cooper and the Countryman, will add another layer of excitement to the brand’s electrifying journey.
In a bid to cut costs of production, like many other manufacturers, Mini chose China as a production hub for its models like the Cooper three-door EV and Aceman. The British brand partnered with the Chinese manufacturing giant Great Wall Motor (GWM) for the same. Production of Mini EVs will take place in Zhangjiagang, which is strategically positioned along the famous Yangtze River for exports. The three-door Cooper model is set to roll off the brand’s Chinese assembly lines before the end of this year, which will mark an exciting new chapter for brand’s global reach.
However, the Mini car brand is famously a British brand. In other words, Oxford continues to be Mini's cherished "manufacturing home." Reinforcing this legacy, the BMW Group has committed a substantial investment amount of $645 million in Mini's UK production facilities to make sure that every Mini continues to embody the iconic brand's DNA. This noteworthy injection of funds underscores the group’s enduring commitment to Mini's British roots and its electric mobility future.
Thanks to this considerable investment, the British brand’s UK facilities will commence manufacturing of the three-door Cooper EV and Aceman in its home country from 2026 onward. In an even daring move, the brand has declared its intent to exclusively assemble EVs at its Oxford production plant by the year 2030, firmly marking its commitment to a sustainable, electric mobility future.
It appears that Mini’s collaboration with China's GWM may be just a temporary. Such a substantial investment in the brand’s UK production facilities suggests that the collaboration serves as a crucial stepping stone for ramping up manufacturing before the brand starts producing EVs on its own in the UK.