Even if mine outlasts the tax credit, I'll be happy to see others get it and a few more Mini SE's on the road.
This is, somewhat predictably, music to the ears of Mini dealers in the U.S., who are currently selling a product that seemed pretty sensible on these shores a decade ago but nowadays is wildly out of step with market trends. An EV Mini that could be had here with the $7,500 tax credit? Now we’re talking. Maybe.A Mini electric crossover could go into production at BMW’s central Mexico factory in the second half of the decade, sources briefed on the plans told Automotive News.
The $1 billion plant in San Luis Potosi produces BMW’s 2 and 3 Series sedans and will build the next-generation 3 Series electric sedan and iX3 electric crossover. One of the sources, who asked not to be identified, said that the new Mini model will share the same platform as the 3 Series EV and its crossover sibling.
It’s unclear how far along Mini is in its decision-making regarding North American production. A spokesperson declined to comment.
Dealer Nicholas Alexander said North America-made Minis would help lift the brand’s awareness and competitiveness in the U.S.
Alexander, president of Nick Alexander Mini in Los Angeles, said the China-made EVs are “desperately needed here.” But the import tariff “would make those models unsellable here,” he added, noting it would tack nearly $7,000 onto the sticker price.
“China production immediately puts us from having a well-equipped, well-priced, well-loved car into something that’s just out of people’s price range,” Alexander said. “So if they could move that production to North America, I’m all for it.”
I agree. We did not get the tax credit, but that did not stop us from buying the SE. I've only seen 2 other SEs on the road and would love to see more !Even if mine outlasts the tax credit, I'll be happy to see others get it and a few more Mini SE's on the road.