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Resident is one of few to get an inside look at the unique Mini E electric car

July 20, 2009

The concept of driving an electric car used to excite Richard Bardowell about as much as the idea of commuting to work in a golf cart.

It wasn’t high on his list of things to do.

But that was before the Glendale resident got his first glimpse of the Mini E, an electric version of the popular, small and quirky Mini Cooper from German automaker BMW.

He was at the Los Angeles Auto Show when he saw it and now, a year later, acknowledges his pioneering role as a Glendale commuter who has ventured into the uncertain realm of electric vehicles.

Bardowell is the temporary owner of one of just 450 Mini Es released in North America as part of a one-year experimental program, after which all of the vehicles will be returned to BMW for analysis.

Check for more on his experience with the Mini E.

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