The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) isn’t sold on the idea of using Tesla Model S sedans in its fleet.
Last year, Tesla handed over a pair of Model S P85D loaner cars to the LAPD so that the police department could assess the vehicle’s performance in its environment and learn about the positives and drawbacks of using an electric vehicle in fleet operation. For now, however, LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan said that the Tesla Model S currently isn’t practical enough, but that may change over the next few years. Yegiyan believes that as the industry pushes towards electrification, prices will drop on the vehicles and more models will be available. More importantly, “the electricity and electrical grid will become more robust, and more charging stations will be available.”
Price is naturally a concern, with the Tesla Model S costing several times more than, say, a Ford Police Interceptor SUV based on the Explorer.
The Tesla Model S isn’t the only electrified vehicle the LAPD is testing. It currently also has the BMW i3 in its fleet and the department has purchased over 20 electric scooters and about half-a-dozen electric motorcycles are used by patrol officers.
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