On Monday, September 14, 2009, Sheriff Lee Baca held a press
conference to announce the participation of a one-year test program with MINI
USA, which is a subsidiary of BMW.
Through this test program, the Sheriff’s Department will lease 17 fully
electric Mini Coopers and utilize them for nonemergency-related functions. The vehicles will be assigned
to the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, Personnel Administration, Fleet Management
Bureau, STARS Center, San Dimas
Station, Santa Clarita Station, Temple Station, Malibu/Lost Hills Station, West
Hollywood Station and Pierce College.
Charging stations will be located at the Pitchess Detention Center and
all of the above listed locations.
The Mini Cooper is capable of traveling approximately 100 miles on a