Bavarian carmaker BMW, owner of the iconic Mini range since 1994, plans solely electric versions from 2030, reported Der Spiegel magazine on Friday. No more combustion models and not even hybrids would emerge next decade, added BMW sources cited by the German news agency dpa. Currently, BMW’s only full electric version is the Mini Cooper SE, built at its subsidiary in Oxford , alongside the SUV Mini Countryman as a plug-in hybrid. From 2023, the sport utility Countryman would emerge as a full-electric version from BMW’s works in Leipzig, according to Friday’s media coverage. EU Urged to Boost Charging Stations BMW chief Oliver Zipse, who on Thursday called on the EU to ensure 1 million public charging points by 2024, would detail his company’s plans next week while presenting its financial results, Spiegel reported . Three million charging points for electric vehicles were needed by 2029 to boost EU consumer confidence in the motorization switch, said Zipse, who is also president of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Originally, the Mini was a series of British low-slung small cars manufactured from 1969 by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), later part of British Leyland and then the Rover Group. BMW […]

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