For the last year, a Tesla Motors Inc ’s Model S was with the Los Angeles Police Department for testing, but the LAPD is not quite ready to put in an order. Last year, Tesla gave two Model S EVs to the LAPD. Police Administrator – Vartan Yegiyan – does not seem impressed with the electric car, and said the Model S as a police cruiser is not yet practical.
Tesla Model S not practical as a police cruiser
Apart from the cost, the fear of not being able to use the cars in case of a massive power outage is making LAPD hesitant to adopt the premium electric car. “Is it practical now? No,” Yegiyan said.
But, speaking to CNBC, Yegiyan said the car industry will push towards electrification on the next three to five years, and the prices will drop on the vehicles. He said the electricity and the electrical grid will become more robust, and there will be more charging stations as more models will be coming out.
“While that’s occurring we’ll be in the space learning and contributing to the process,” the officer said.
On the partnership, Tesla Motors Inc is saying nothing, but the LAPD said it has no objection in adding Tesla cars and other plug-in vehicles in the future. The city is committed to lease 160 pure battery EV cars, which would be split between the various city departments, said Eric Garcetti, LA mayor, when the test program began last year.
At that time, Charlie Beck – LAPD Chief – said, “The LAPD is proud to be among the law enforcement agencies leading the way to sustainability with the use of electric vehicles, and reducing our operating costs at the same time.”
However, as per CNBC, one of the reasons why LAPD was is interested in the Model S was the “high-pursuit-rated vehicle arena.”
LAPD also considering BMW i3
Right now, the LAPD is evaluating two $100,000 Tesla Model S P85Ds as cop cars. Yegiyan in the interview, said they are working with the automaker to assess the performance of the vehicle in their (LAPD) environment, and are working to learn the positive and negatives of this type of vehicle in fleet operation.
The department is not just dealing with Tesla Motors Inc Model S but also BMW i3. Both – Tesla and the LAPD – will get something out of Model S assessment. The cops will get to learn more about the electric car like how fast it is or how expensive it is to fix if they ram it into things. The Electric car maker will no doubt squeeze every bit of information it can get about its electric car’s tour of duty on the force.
A small fleet of electric motorcycles and scooters is being run by the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD had 3 electric motorcycles and 23 electric scooters back in September. Los Angeles law enforcers mostly are seen driving a Ford Explorer SUV or a Crown Victoria sedan whereas the Honda Civic and Toyota Priuses do parking enforcement.