Reliable sources inform your Creative Greenius that Manhattan Beach is about to be named the first Southern California city to be part of BMW’s test of the new plug-in Mini E, the EV version of the popular Mini Cooper.
The local paper had a piece on April 26 that said MB was under consideration and outlining the unbeatable $10 a month cost of the cars.
Expect an official announcement after the Manhattan Beach city council approves the arrangement.
We wrote about the new electric Mini coming to California last July and we’re thrilled it’s coming right to our own backyard in green as can be Manhattan Beach.
Plug-In America’s Paul Scott recently test drove the Mini E and gave it very high marks writing to the readers of his insider’s e-mail updates. The car is quite simply a kick and a joy to drive. “Little rocket” was one of the terms Paul used. He should know, he’s test driven all the new electrics including the Teslas and the new Nissan. He’s been driving a RAV-4 EV for many years.
The drive train comes from legendary AC Propulsion maker of the E-Box which Greenius readers have read about since December of 2007 when I got my first test ride. Combining BWW with AC Propulsion is like Kobe and Lebron teaming up.
Local South Bay insider’s further inform the Greenius that the mayor of my own city of Torrance has also expressed strong interest in having our town be a Mini E test city. If that’s so, we salute his efforts and encourage him to go for it. And we stand ready to help his efforts any way we can.
In fact, why not make Torrance the Southern California Plug-In place to be? How’s about we build the necessary plug-in infrastructure now that will make us a leader in places to get charged up anywhere in South Bay.
The Greenius says the place with the most plugs is going to get the most people shopping in their stores and driving to their venues.
The place with the most plug-ins becomes the de facto coolest city around.
Charge ’em if you got ’em.