The Mini Electric is one of the UK's most popular electric cars
The good looks and great performance of the Mini Electric has led to it becoming one of the UK's most popular all-electric vehicles.
And now the carmaker has announced that since production began, they have built more than 11,000 versions at their Oxford plant.
Of these, more than 3,000 of them were bought by UK buyers.
The UK is the second biggest market for the Mini Electric and the Countryman plug-in hybrid.
And the carmaker is now predicting that next year, more than one in three of their Mini 3-dr Hatch models will be all-electric.
This is a significant landmark in the production of Minis and follows its launch in July last year.
The Mini Electric is the second model to be launched after the Countryman plug-in hybrid and they now account for nearly 20% of the firm’s electric car sales.
The director of Mini UK, David George, said: "The Mini Electric is a UK success and our customers love the car and it's fantastic to see electric vehicles growing in popularity.
"The UK accounts for nearly a fifth of the world's Mini Electric and Countryman plug-in hybrid sales and demand is increasing."
The Mini Electric Hatch is an impressive offering and with more carmakers entering the segment, means that Mini will need to work hard to keep their market share.
The recently unveiled Vauxhall Corsa-e, as well as the Peugeot e-208, are both excellent contenders with a lot to offer potential car lease owners.
The Mini Electric costs £24,900 OTR, including the government's plug-in grant, and still retains the Mini’s impressive go-kart handling to deliver an electrifying level of performance for those who want it in a battery-powered car.
The all-electric three-door Hatch has an electric motor producing 181 bhp with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch infotainment system, air conditioning and some body styling. The estimated all-electric range for the Mini Electric Hatch is an impressive 144 miles, which makes it an ideal choice for those who drive around town regularly or commute to work.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.