The LAPD Adds a BMW i3, Tesla P85D to its Police Car Fleet
They’re silent, they’re quick, and these two electric cars—a BMW i3 and Tesla Model S P85D—are the latest additions to the Los Angeles Police Department fleet. On Friday September 11th, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a press conference that the pair of performance EVs have been loaned to the LAPD for research and testing purposes, and will join a total of 160 pure electric vehicles and 128 plug-in hybrids that have been leased by the Los Angeles Police, Fire, General Services, and Water and Power departments. “Today, we take another step toward becoming the most sustainable city in America,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This year, Los Angeles will become home to the largest city-owned fleet of pure battery electric vehicles anywhere in the country, and we will save taxpayer dollars along the way.” RELATED: Watch the Tesla P85D Model S Drag Race a Hellcat Challenger
The 288 newly leased vehicles will replace aging gas-powered department vehicles, a change in procurement policy that the city estimates could result in a 41 percent cut in operating costs. The move comes as city officials begin to initiate Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, which aims for 50 percent of the city’s light vehicle purchases to be EVs by 2017 with a goal of 80 percent by 2025.
No word was given on what type of electric and plug-in vehicles would be leased, however the LAPD is said to receive 100 of the EVs, which will be used by detectives, investigators, and administrative employees. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will lease 44 electric vehicles and 113 of the plug-in hybrids.
With acceleration from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds and a top speed of 155 mph, the Tesla P85D could conceivably see use as a police pursuit vehicle, however its steep price tag will likely keep this modern super sedan out of widespread fleet use.
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