British government support sees BMW opt to build next-gen electric Mini in Oxford

The firm started building electric Mini hatchbacks in Oxford in 2019 alongside models powered by combustion engines.

An electric Mini Cooper at the Munich motor show on September 5. Picture: Bloomberg

BMW, the German car brand, will invest in the 110-year-old plant where the Mini brand was born, tapping the British government for support to secure the factory’s future.

The company’s multimillion-pound outlay toward electric Mini production in Oxford averts what would have been a disaster for the UK, where car production slumped last year to the lowest since 1956.

The factory, which employs more than 3,400 people, was dealt a setback 11 months ago when ...