Mini has delivered 23 of the 450 Mini E prototypes, which it will be leasing to customers for year for a test-project. According to the Los Angeles Times the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a new pilot program Tuesday where the sheriff will get 17 MINI E units and electric charging stations at the locations where the cars are assigned.
The sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said that the vehicles will be distributed across the department to administration officials, specialized units and other volunteers.
“It’s clean-energy, it’s cost-effective and it could prove to be a boon for the county,” Whitmore said.
Unlike the individual customers which will have to pay $850/month for their lease, the sheriff’s department will pay a $10/month processing fee. Maintenance of the vehicles and charging stations will be covered by BMW.
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Source: LA Times