BMW’s new electric MINI is only months away image

An electric version of the Mini scheduled to move the British car even further away from its original design will have to wait for the green light for at least six months, according to a BMW board member.

The new car, previewed by the Superleggera concept which was shown last week in the UK could be a two-door roadster, longer and sleeker than the classic compact Mini.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the BMW board and responsible for the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, commented on the topic, saying that “To really investigate seriously […] you look into several different options, you come to the question: do we produce it ourselves, do we give it to somebody else. To evaluate all of this, I would say six months at least.”

The Mini has changed its design over the years and ownership since it came on the auto market in 1959. The brand was relaunched in 2001 under BMW’s ownership and Mini has just celebrated its 3 millionth model produced. BMW produced 303,177 Minis in 2013 in Oxford, southern England, the Netherlands and Graz, Austria.

The German car manufacturer is looking at whether to expand or shrink its line-up of seven Mini models, which is part of a potential major reorganization planned by the automaker.

By Gabriela Florea