The Brexit camp has claimed a major victory after major German automobile manufacturer; BMW announced that it will produce the first fully electric mini coopers in Britain, continuing work at a plant in Oxford where conventional mini coopers are assembled.
There had been wide fears after Brexit that foreign companies especially auto manufacturers would be looking to disengage and invest on the European continent.
However, the BMW group announced that they will continue to invest and operate their assembly plant in Oxford. The current mini coopers made there are conventional, run on petrol or hybrid engines but the BMW group has chosen to start production of the Company’s first fully electric mini coopers at the plant in Oxford. The fully electric mini coopers will roll off the production line in 2019.
The announcement came after the Government announcement that in 2040, all cars sold or imported into Britain must be fully electric. The announcement hailed the end of the conventional car as we know it meaning that in 23 years, all new cars in Britain will be fully electric.
The Brexit camp was quick to claim the announcement by BMW building mini coopers in Oxford as a victory. Nigel Farage claimed that the move by BMW shows that Britain is a strong economic powerhouse that cannot be simply ignored.
On Twitter, Brexiteers rubbed it into the face of the Remainers, saying that all the fear mongering that major companies and banks would be leaving Britain to set base in the European continent were unfounded.
“This shows that European companies and manufacturers are starting to take us seriously as they see we are determined to chart our way forward if they don’t stop their notorious red tape in Brussels,” wrote Craig Sanders on Medium.
However, BMW says that making a commitment to continue making the mini coopers in Britain makes good sense. There was already a production plant, already well trained staff and already a well-established supply chain and the production and assembly of these new mini coopers will not make much of a difference.
The production and assembly process will go on as before except that electric engines and components will have to be installed as opposed to the petrol and hybrid engines.
Petrol and diesel powered cars are slowly on the way out. Volvo and Toyota are working on fully electric and hybrid engines but Volvo has already made an announcement of completely phasing out petrol or diesel cars. Starting 2019, all Volvo cars will be fully electric.