BMW is pushing to include more electric vehicles in its lineup by offering hybrid and battery-only models of existing diesel and gasoline cars, on top of its i8 and i3 models designed as electric from the ground up.
The new electric Mini will go into production in 2019.
BMW says further electrified versions of its cars will "be brought to market in the coming years" and that beyond 2020 they will be build on the company's "next generation vehicle architecture".
Oliver Zipse, BMW management board member for production, said: "Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand. If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments".
"With the electric Mini being built in Cowley, the tradition continues but with the added bonus that this is one of the important innovations of tomorrow". The all-electric BMW X3 has been announced for 2020, and the BMW iNEXT is due in 2021. BMW expects to sell 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017, doubling the number it has sold to date. However, factors such as regulation, incentives and charging infrastructure will play a major role in determining the scale of electrification from market to market. This will start with a convertible version of the i8, called the i8 Roadster, in 2018.
Three of these will be Volvo models and two will be high-performance electrified cars from its Polestar arm.
Although electric vehicles usually call to mind the likes of Tesla and Nissan, BMW claims to have the widest range of electrified vehicles in the world, with nine already on the road. The vehicle is the first electric auto under the Mini brand and follows the division's first plug-in hybrid, a version of the Countryman, which was launched in 2016.