Electric vehicles and especially Tesla vehicles are now on the radar of police departments and want to update their fleet. Tesla Model 3 is already deployed, and now even Model Y is under consideration at a Pennsylvania police department.
All it takes is a test drive … and look at the numbers.
The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office announced that they tested running a Model 3 to see if they should add Tesla vehicles to their fleet.
They wrote on Facebook:
"Today, the Sheriff's Office is testing a Model 3 * in the hope that we can add Teslas to our fleet. We have always been environmentally conscious and recognize the importance of reducing our carbon footprint while providing the best public service to Allegheny County residents. "
It looks like it went well because they now say that if they crunch the numbers and think Tesla vehicles are reasonable and cost effective (aren't sure what the difference is), they will look to add them to their fleet :
"If we can ensure that these vehicles are affordable and cost-effective, the Sheriff's Office will take a very serious look at putting the energy-efficient Model Y on the streets. "
They even directly mentioned the as yet unreleased Model Y, which is a larger hatchback version of Model 3. [1
Model 3 vehicle.
When it comes to performance, it's not going to be a problem compared to the Dodge Chargers they replace. They went with a Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which is fast despite not being the highest performance of the car, and with a range of 240 miles, it greatly exceeds the average daily mileage of a patrol car, which is between 80 miles and 120 miles per day.
When it comes to costs, Model 3 is the clear winner. The Standard Range Plus version they bought is a little more expensive than the $ 41,000 Charger, but they expect gas savings of around $ 6,000 per year, which means the Model 3 will almost pay for itself over its lifetime (they expect six years
They also expect significant maintenance savings with Model 3.
Every police department, and any fleet commander, should probably start looking at electric vehicles to update their fleet.
the police seem to make Model 3 make the most sense now, based on performance and cost – though I can see why the Sheriff's Office in Allegheny County is interested in Model Y.
It offers a little more room and they need to retrofit these vehicles with a significant amount of equipment.
Tesla vehicles may also be of particular interest to the Sentry Mode feature and the integrated Tesla dashcam.
I'm sure they have different ferent standards for law enforcement recording systems, but Tesla may be able to create a version of these features specifically for law enforcement.
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