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Swindon BMW factory to work on electric Mini

There's a boost for the 850 BMW workers in Swindon as they're going to build the panels for an new all-electric Mini.

The new cars will be put together in Cowley in Oxford.

About 360,000 Minis are made each year. Credit: PA

The carmaker said the model would go into production in 2019, with Oxford the main "production location" for the Mini three-door model.

However, the electric motor will be built in Germany before being shipped to Cowley for assembly.

The electric Mini will be based on the company's 3-door hatchback model. Credit: ITV West Country

BMW said the move was part of a plan for electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of its sales by 2025.

The carmaker employs around 18,000 staff in the UK, based in sites including Cowley, the Rolls-Royce factory in Sussex and at other sites in Birmingham and Swindon.

A fully-electric version of the Mini is to be built at a plant in Oxford, the car firm has announced. Credit: PA