BMW is planning to test a fleet of several hundred Mini cars with zero-emission electric drive soon, the car maker announced.
BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer said, in Munich, this would help gather more know-how on how "mobility can be efficiently ensured with vehicles running only on electric-drive".
The Minis, built in Oxford, England, would be shipped to the BMW plant in Munich where they would be modified for electric drive.
The tests would be conducted in the next 12 to 18 months with details of the drive concept and marketing to be announced by late 2008, said a BMW press statement.
Several car makers are also planning to mass-produce electric-drive vehicles.
BMW’s main rival Mercedes has announced it will offer an electric-drive SMART in 2010 while Volkswagen is planning an electric version of its concept car Up!
According to reports, General Motors is already working on presenting a production-ready version of the Chevy Volt next month. – dpa