More than 11,000 electric Minis have rolled off the production line in Oxford since the model launched a year ago.

After its premier last July, during the brand's 60th anniversary, more than 3,000 orders of the Mini Electric have been placed in the UK.

The all-electric vehicle - priced at £24,900 - is now fully integrated into the production process at the Oxford Plant in Cowley, running down the same line as the combustion engine models.

With a high level of flexibility at the Plant, Mini Electric production can be adjusted according to global demand.

This means, because of the growth in popularity of electric vehicles, a third of Mini 3-Door Hatch models built in Oxford are expected to be the all-electric model next year.

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Peter Weber, managing director at Mini Plant Oxford, said: “Everyone at Plant Oxford is immensely proud that our hard work integrating Mini Electric into the production line is paying off, with the car proving so popular with customers in the UK and around the world.

"As the home of the brand, it gives us huge satisfaction to build the first fully-electric car in the Mini product line-up here in Oxford, for global export.”

The milestone comes as Oxford tries to cut down on carbon emissions.


The city invests in pioneering electrical vehicle charging infrastructure such as pop-up chargers and is working to develop the Energy Superhub Oxford which will enable quick charging for electrical vehicles.

Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford said: "The Mini plant generates money for our local economy, provides high-skilled jobs to thousands and support tens of thousands more people in indirect employment.

"British industry benefits from a world-class and passionate workforce here in Oxford and I’ve been fortunate to see for myself when I’ve visited the plant.

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We want to clean our dirty air, address climate breakdown, and bring into being a greener economy that’s socially just. The production of the electric Mini helps Oxford meet these big aims. We’ve been locked down for months, so we know just how great it feels to get around and see loved ones."

The council will also be introducing a Zero Emission Zone to restrict fossil fuel cars from polluting city centre streets.

The Mini Electric is the second electrified Mini, joining the Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid.

These two models account for 19 per cent of worldwide electrified Mini sales and a quarter of all UK Mini Countryman orders are for the plug-in hybrid version.

David George, director of Mini UK, said: “We’re delighted the Mini Electric is such a success in the UK and that our customers love the car as much as we do. It’s fantastic to see the growing popularity of electrified vehicles.


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"The UK already accounts for nearly a fifth of global Mini Electric and Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid sales and we know that demand is increasing.”