Following Brexit, the new electric Mini might have to be produced and manufactured in Germany rather than the UK. Currently, the majority of Minis are made in their plant in Oxford. But with the uncertainty caused by Brexit, BMW, the brands owner, are considering making the new electric Mini in Germany. They announced the Electric battery- powered Mini last year and with it scheduled to go on sale in 2019 there’s not much time left to decide. In fact the German company has said that they will have to make the decision this year as to where they will build the car. Although a German newspaper Handelsblatt has already reported that the company is considering manufacturing the car at either of 2 of its plants in Germany; Regensburg or Leipzig.
BMW are expected to hold lengthy talks with the British government prior to making any decisions. They are however concerned about the UK leaving the single market, and what the implications will be with the changing tariffs for imports and exports.
With Greg Clark, the business, energy and industrial strategy secretary wanting to put electric vehicles and battery technology at the heart of the UK’s industrial strategy this would be a major blow for the British government. The doubts surrounding the electric mini’s manufacturing is just one of many issues currently threatening the already delicate car industry in the U.K.
Recently, the government managed to persuade Nissan to extend their investment into its plant in Sunderland. However there are many worries that many jobs and careers could be lost if the PSA Group, Peugeot, completes their deal to buy General Motor’s European business, Vauxhall and Opel.