BMW Embarks on a New Mini Adventure

The Union Jack design on the new Mini Electrics brake lights may be a nod to its British style and heritage, but everything else is about what the designers at BMWs innovation centre in Munich see as totems of the electric car of the next decade.Thus the Mini Electric which will be manufactured by its German parent at the Cowley plant in Oxford and on the road in 2019 has no front grille, its headlamps are in the shape of an e and where the badge may be expected to gleam proudly in chrome, it is imprinted in composite plastic. There are no protruding door handles and where once there were hub caps there are now edgy-looking cruciforms.

After years in development,

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