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Pasadena In Focus
September - October 2009

MINI-Es Ease into Pasadena

The newest additions to PWP’s fleet of electric vehicles have arrived: two BMW  MINI-Es. You’ll spot the sporty two-seaters with the yellow plug-shaped logo on the doors and hoods. Emitting 90 percent less carbon than a regular gas-powered Mini and 40 percent cheaper to fuel, the cars are part of a nationwide one-year field trial. Pasadena’s Transportation and Public Works departments also have five MINI-Es of their own to test.

As participants in the trial program, city employees will drive the MINI-Es for a year and report back to BMW about the cars’ functionality, reliability and performance. BMW hopes the project will help bring electric vehicles back into mass production