According to Auto Express MINI is already planning a second electric car outside of the upcoming three door electric MINI. This second vehicle is rumored to be produced in China solely for the Chinese market.
Why would MINI go through the trouble of producing an electric vehicle for only one country? China has gone from a pollution leader to a electric vehicle leader in just a decade. Thanks for government mandates (batteries sold in China must be made in China for instance) and various incentives the world’s largest market has shifted dramatically to electric vehicles and automakers are quickly pivoting. For MINI this means going through the trouble of creating a Chinese made electric car meant to satisfy those regulations.
What form will it take and will we ever see it outside of China? If we had to bet we’d guess that it will be a variation of the hot-selling Countryman. We’d also would bet that BMW will likely evaluate conditions in other markets and could potentially shift production to Oxford or even export from China.