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In una conversazione con TopGear.com, il responsabile del marchio Mini Bernd Koerber ha annunciato che stanno pensando ad un modello più piccolo, anche se non quanto l'originale del '59, ma comunque più compatto della 3 porte odierna e altrettanto spazioso (ipotizzo più o meno dimensioni simili a 500, di cui sarebbe rivale), esclusivamente elettrico, sfruttando la flessibilità data da tale propulsione e da una nuova piattaforma. La produzione dovrebbe avvenire in Cina, dove BMW sta preparando una nuova fabbrica in JV con Great Wall, che dovrebbe essere pronta per il 2022. Sebbene il manager tedesco non la dia come ufficiale, Top Gear pare darla per certa.

 

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/electric/mini-going-get-smaller

 

P.S.: nell'ultima parte Koerber dice anche che secondo lui ci sono delle opportunità per Mini nel settore del lusso, e fa esplicitamente riferimento alla Inspired By Goodwood del 2012; che ne stiano preparando un'altra?

 

 

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mi pare che qualche tempo fa, in un thread ma non ricordo quale, @beckervdo e @4200blu avessero detto che c'è la possibilità che la nuova MINI perda qualche variante (suppongo Clubman, 5 porte, cabrio) e sia solo elettrica...

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45 minuti fa, VuOtto scrive:

mi pare che qualche tempo fa, in un thread ma non ricordo quale, @beckervdo e @4200blu avessero detto che c'è la possibilità che la nuova MINI perda qualche variante (suppongo Clubman, 5 porte, cabrio) e sia solo elettrica...

 

La tabella di marcia per la Mini elettrica cinese insieme con Great Wall come scrive topgear/@GL91 non e completamente sbagliato. Ma al momento niente e fisso, perche come potete leggere anche nelle diverse giornale, in senso legale il JV con GW non e fissato finale e sottoscritto.

E per le Mini ICE fatto in Europa...vedremmo cosa succede....

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Adesso il "Spotlight JV2 e firmato.

 

BMW Group to build future MINI E vehicles in China with Great Wall Motor

29.11.2019 Press Release

Official inauguration of new joint venture "Spotlight Automotive Limited” +++ Important step in MINI’s electrification strategy +++ New plant with standard capacity of 160,000 units +++ Partners invest together approximately 650 million Euro +++ Innovative joint venture model with joint development and production +++ Win-win: Strengths of both partners complement each other

Official inauguration of new joint venture "Spotlight Automotive Limited” +++ Important step in MINI’s electrification strategy +++ New plant with standard capacity of 160,000 units +++ Partners invest together approximately 650 million Euro +++ Innovative joint venture model with joint development and production +++ Win-win: Strengths of both partners complement each other

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Zhangjiagang/Munich. The BMW Group and Great Wall Motor are driving e‑mobility forward by building a joint plant in China, where the BMW Group will produce future fully-electric models of its MINI brand. High-level representatives of the local Chinese government, Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group today announced the launch of the new joint venture, Spotlight Automotive Limited. The plant will have a standard capacity of up to 160,000 vehicles per year, which will require around 3,000 employees after the ramp-up phase. Both partners will together invest around 650 million Euro (more than five billion CNY). The construction phase is planned for 2020 to 2022.

 

The event took place in the city of Zhangjiagang in China’s Jiangsu Province, the location of the new automotive plant. Today’s official inauguration marks the next milestone in the relationship between Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group. In summer 2018, the 50:50 joint venture agreement was signed in Berlin in the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

As well as production, the innovative joint venture model also includes joint development of battery-electric vehicles in the world’s largest market for electromobility. The joint venture envisages production of future electric MINI vehicles, as well as several models and brands for Great Wall Motor. Following the launch of the brand-new first-generation fully-electric MINI*, which will be built at Oxford and come to market in the first quarter of 2020, this is another important step towards the MINI brand’s electrified future. MINI Plant Oxford, which recently built the 10 millionth car since the brand’s launch in 1959, will remain the heart and home of MINI manufacturing, while the Spotlight Automotive joint venture will provide additional capacity and flexibility.

 

Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development, said at the official ceremony to mark the inauguration of Spotlight Automotive: “Today we are taking the next step in our collaboration: With the BMW Group as a pioneer in the field of electromobility and Great Wall as a major player and expert in industrialisation in the Chinese market, we are joining forces for development and production of the future electric MINI and new Great Wall models.”

 

During the press conference following the ceremony, Dr. Nicolas Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Finance, stressed the strategic importance of the cooperation with the Chinese partner: "This German-Chinese relationship underscores our commitment to China and the future of premium compact electrified vehicles. This joint venture will enable us to produce a larger number of MINI-brand-fully electric vehicles at attractive conditions for the world market. This is also an important strategic step for the MINI brand. The joint venture with Great Wall underlines the enormous importance of the Chinese market for us.”

 

Zhangjiagang was chosen as the location of the Spotlight plant because of its solid supplier network, skilled workforce and good infrastructure. Jiangsu is also one of the leading provinces for finance, education and technology.

 

The BMW Group is firmly committed to continuing its successful cooperation with established sales structures and channels in China. The joint venture will not be creating an additional sales organisation in China for future electric vehicles. Every joint venture partner will use their own sales channel for their specific brands.

 

In recent years, BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) has become a cornerstone of the BMW Group’s success in its largest market. The BMW Group’s expansion strategy with the new joint venture could therefore accelerate development of the MINI brand significantly.

 

BMW Group is a pioneer in electric mobility

 

As a pioneer in e-mobility, the BMW Group is already a leading supplier of electrified vehicles. By the end of 2021, the company aims to have more than one million fully-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids on the roads worldwide.

 

At that point, the BMW Group will offer five fully-electric production vehicles. Alongside the BMW i3, which saw demand increase by approximately 20% so far this year, production of the fully-electric MINI* will also begin at the Oxford plant (UK) this month. Over 78,000 customers have so far expressed a keen interest in the MINI ELECTRIC*. In 2020, production of the fully-electric BMW iX3 will begin at the Shenyang plant (China), followed in 2021 by the BMW iNEXT, which will be built at the Dingolfing plant (Germany). The BMW i4 is also due to go into series production at the Munich plant in 2021. By 2023, the company will already offer 25 electrified models – more than half of which will be fully electric. Flexible vehicle architectures, which allow a model to be driven fully electrically, as a plug-in hybrid or with a combustion engine, form the basis for this, as well as a highly flexible production system.

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Securing raw material supplies for battery cells: BMW Group signs supply contract with Ganfeng for sustainable lithium from mines in Australia

11.12.2019 Press Release

Munich. As part of its electromobility expansion, the BMW Group is deepening its existing business relationship with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. based in Jiangxi (China). The two companies have signed a supply contract for the lithium needed as a key raw material for battery cells. “The projected order volume totals 540 million euros. In this way, the BMW Group is securing 100% of its lithium hydroxide needs for fifth-generation battery cells in its high-voltage batteries,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.
The contract is for a term of five years (2020 – 2024).

 

“Alongside cobalt, lithium is one of the key raw materials for electromobility. With the signing of this contract, we are securing our lithium needs for battery cells,” continued Wendt. “We aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up by 2023 – and more than half will be fully electric. Our need for raw materials will continue to grow accordingly. By 2025, for lithium alone, we expect to need about seven times the amount we do today.”

 

 

Sustainability and security of supply are important factors in the expansion of electromobility. For the BMW Group’s purchasing experts, ethically responsible raw material extraction and processing begins right at the start of the value chain: They are intensively involved throughout our battery cell supply chains – all the way down to the mines themselves. Compliance with environmental standards and respect for human rights have absolute priority. “Sustainability is an important aspect of our corporate strategy and plays a central role in expanding electromobility. We are fully aware of our responsibilities: Lithium and other raw materials must be extracted and processed under ethically responsible conditions,” underlined Wendt. Ganfeng extracts lithium by mining so-called hard-rock deposits in Australia under the strictest sustainability standards.

 

The BMW Group already publishes the countries of origin of the cobalt it uses on its website (see here). For the upcoming fifth generation of battery cells, the company has also restructured its supply chains and will be sourcing both lithium and cobalt directly from 2020, making the raw materials available to the two battery cell manufacturers, CATL and Samsung SDI. This ensures full transparency over where raw materials come from. Cobalt will be sourced directly from mines in Australia and Morocco in the future. Supply contracts will ensure the company’s security of supply up to 2025 and beyond.

 

The BMW Group also recently announced that it is increasing the order volume for battery cells from CATL to 7.3 billion euros (contract: 2020 to 2031) and also signed a long-term contract worth 2.9 billion euros with Samsung SDI for its fifth-generation electric drive trains (contract: 2021 to 2031). “In this way, we are securing our long-term battery cell needs. Every cell generation is awarded in global competition to the leading manufacturer from both a technology and a business perspective. This ensures we always have access to the best possible cell technology,” added Wendt.

 

The BMW Group's fifth-generation electric drive trains from 2021 on will also be produced entirely without using rare earths. “This means we will no longer be dependent on their availability,” emphasised Wendt.

 

Extensive in-house expertise throughout entire value chain for battery cell technology

The BMW Group possesses extensive in-house expertise throughout the entire value chain for battery cell technology. In-house battery production takes place at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing (Germany) and Spartanburg (USA), and at the BBA plant in Shenyang (China). The BMW Group has also localised battery production in Thailand and is working with the Dräxlmaier Group in this area.

 

In mid-November, the company opened its Battery Cell Competence Centre in Munich. The aim of the competence centre is to advance battery cell technology and introduce it into production processes. The company is investing a total of 200 million euros in the location, which is set to create up to 200 jobs. The production of battery cell prototypes makes it possible to fully analyse and understand cell value creation processes. “Whether we set up our own standard production of cells at a later date will largely depend on how the supplier market develops,” according to Wendt.

 

The BMW Group has formed a joint technology consortium with Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt and Umicore, a Belgian developer of battery materials, for the purpose of developing the cell technology crucial to electromobility. The cooperation will focus on creating a complete, sustainable value chain for battery cells in Europe, extending from development and production all the way to recycling. Recycling of battery components plays a decisive role in closing the materials cycle as far as possible and maximising reuse of raw materials as demand for battery cells grows.

 

BMW Group is a pioneer in electromobility – 25 electrified models by 2023

The company will have 25 electrified models in its line-up by 2023. The basis for this is provided by flexible vehicle architectures for fully-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and models with combustion engines that enable the company to respond quickly to changing conditions. More than half of the 25 models will be fully electric. The BMW Group will double its sales of electrified vehicles between 2019 and 2021. The company expects to see a steep growth curve up to 2025: Global sales of electrified vehicles should increase by an average of over 30 percent every year. In Europe, the company is also following an ambitious growth logic: The aim is to increase the percentage of electrified vehicles in the new vehicle fleet to a quarter in 2021 and to a third in 2025; by 2030, they should account for half of sales volumes.

 

As an e-mobility pioneer, the BMW Group is already a leading supplier of electrified vehicles. By the end of 2019, the company aims to have more than half a million vehicles with fully-electric or plug-in hybrid drive trains on the roads. Within two years, the BMW Group will offer five fully-electric series-production vehicles: Alongside the BMW i3*, with more than 160,000 units built to date, this year will see the start of production of the fully-electric MINI* at Plant Oxford. This will be followed in 2020 by the fully-electric BMW iX3 from Shenyang (China) and, in 2021, by the BMW iNEXT, which will be produced in Dingolfing, and the BMW i4 from Plant Munich.

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Securing raw material supplies for battery cells: BMW Group signs supply contract with Ganfeng for sustainable lithium from mines in Australia

11.12.2019 Press Release

Munich. As part of its electromobility expansion, the BMW Group is deepening its existing business relationship with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. based in Jiangxi (China). The two companies have signed a supply contract for the lithium needed as a key raw material for battery cells. “The projected order volume totals 540 million euros. In this way, the BMW Group is securing 100% of its lithium hydroxide needs for fifth-generation battery cells in its high-voltage batteries,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.
The contract is for a term of five years (2020 – 2024).

 

“Alongside cobalt, lithium is one of the key raw materials for electromobility. With the signing of this contract, we are securing our lithium needs for battery cells,” continued Wendt. “We aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up by 2023 – and more than half will be fully electric. Our need for raw materials will continue to grow accordingly. By 2025, for lithium alone, we expect to need about seven times the amount we do today.”

 

 

Sustainability and security of supply are important factors in the expansion of electromobility. For the BMW Group’s purchasing experts, ethically responsible raw material extraction and processing begins right at the start of the value chain: They are intensively involved throughout our battery cell supply chains – all the way down to the mines themselves. Compliance with environmental standards and respect for human rights have absolute priority. “Sustainability is an important aspect of our corporate strategy and plays a central role in expanding electromobility. We are fully aware of our responsibilities: Lithium and other raw materials must be extracted and processed under ethically responsible conditions,” underlined Wendt. Ganfeng extracts lithium by mining so-called hard-rock deposits in Australia under the strictest sustainability standards.

 

etc.

 

1) praticamente NESSUNA attività estrattiva industriale è ecologicamente sostenibile, in generale. Nello specifico, litio e cobalto poi sono molto concentrati sul pianeta e quindi implicano anche una concentrazione dello sfruttamento.

 

2) Fondamentalmente annunciano con rullo di tamburi che rispetteranno gli standard più esigenti. Purtroppo la domanda è così elevata che spesso i grandi produttori non sono neanche in grado di garantire la tracciabilità dei loro prodotti (conosco il caso di IBM e in parte Apple, ma visto che non si menziona il problema immagino che sia la stessa cosa qui).

 

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Android Auto comes to BMW. BMW to offer wireless integration from mid-2020.

11.12.2019 Press Release

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Munich. The BMW Group is extending the reach of seamless connectivity in its vehicles with the introduction of Android Auto™ starting in mid-2020. Android Auto, the latest digital and user-centric service addition to BMW, will allow customers to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly with their vehicle and, in doing so, enjoy access to useful information like suggested destinations and upcoming appointments just when it is needed.

Plug & play out, wireless in
Android Auto is a simpler, safer way to use the smartphone in BMW vehicles, making it easy to access music, media and messaging apps. The wireless connection makes the process of linking up an Android smartphone to a BMW extremely user-friendly with a simplified interface. Added to which, Android Auto is integrated directly into BMW’s fully digital cockpit, meaning that customers can view all important information not just on the central Control Display, but also in intelligently adapted form in the instrument cluster’s Info Display as well as in the Head-Up Display, where it appears directly in the driver’s driving direction.

The Google Assistant on Android Auto makes it easy to get directions, keep in touch and stay productive. “Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW’s own functions and services,” says Peter Henrich, Senior Vice President Product Management BMW. “We will offer this service to our customers starting in July 2020.”

Patrick Brady, Vice President of Engineering, Google: “We are excited to work with BMW to bring wireless Android Auto to their customers worldwide next year. The seamless connection from Android smartphones to BMW vehicles allows customers to hit the road faster while maintaining access to all of their favourite apps and services in a safer experience.”

Android Auto in a BMW will be demonstrated live for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 and will be available from July 2020 for all vehicles with BMW Operating System 7.0.

Please click this link to see the list of smartphones that support Android Auto with a wireless connection.
Google, Android Auto and Google Maps are trademarks of Google LLC.

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