Friday, 25 January 2019

California police dept. adds Tesla electric car to patrol fleet, touts gas savings




A police department near Tesla’s main factory in Fremont, California, has added a used Model S electric car to its fleet of vehicles, officials said in a press release this week.
The Fremont Police Department said the Model S would replace a 2007 Dodge Charger in its car pool, noting that it was the only electric car that met its standards for size, performance and safety. The Model S will be modified for police use and equipped with a light bar, push bumper and other necessary gear.
The used Model S cost more than $61,000 after taxes and fees, as well as an additional $4,447 for police modifications. By comparison, the department said a Ford Explorer with required police equipment could cost roughly $40,000, plus modifications costs, as well as an additional $32,000 in gas costs and $15,000 in maintenance over a five-year period.
“The electric patrol vehicle pilot program is an extension of the [city of Fremont’s] clean technology and smart city initiatives to help make Fremont a more sustainable community,” Fremont Police Captain Sean Washington said in a statement. “Given that Fremont Police vehicle fleet is responsible for a total of 980 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, this program has the potential to eliminate 10 percent of all municipal greenhouse gas emissions.”

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