Staff at a Swindon motor dealership are getting ready for the highly-anticipated launch of the new MINI Electric.
The launch has particular significance for staff at Dick Lovett, as panels for the car will be made in Swindon.
The Pressed Steel Company was founded in 1954, and was taken over first by Rover and then by BMW. The German manufacturer is constructing a new production plant at Stratton St Margaret, which is expected to open in 2021.
The car will be assembled at BMW's Oxford plant.
“This is great news for UK car manufacturing “ said Denise McGarrie, Dick Lovett’s corporate sales manager.
“We’re really excited to be bringing the first MINI Electric to the market. We think it’s a great option for businesses wanting to green their fleets and for employees who want a high performing, zero-emission vehicle with a host of great tax incentives.”
Jenny Groves Chair of Switch on to Swindon said “It is great news for Swindon that Dick Lovett, one of the founding Switch on to Swindon Ambassador companies, is involved in launching this game-changing addition to the electric car market.
"Innovation in car manufacturing is at the heart of BMW MINI, which is investing millions in its Swindon plant. It’s even better news that the MINI Electric will be partly built in Swindon.”
The MINI Electric will have a range of 144 miles, and will charge to 80 percent of battery capacity in 35 minutes. The first deliveries of the car are expected in March 2020.