Watch out, bad guys. This Tesla is coming for you! The Los Angeles Police Department has recently revealed it will probably turn the Tesla Model S into its latest police cruiser for “high-pursuit-rated” vehicle purposes.
In fact, the LAPD has been looking into the possibility for almost a year. And to help them come to a decision, Tesla even loaned out two of its Model S P85D cars. LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan has also confirmed Tesla’s loan to the department.
He said, “Tesla definitely stepped up and gave us the Model S to do some evaluation with them.” Moreover, the said cars are with them to allow them “to assess the vehicle’s performance in our environment and to learn what are the drawbacks and positives of this type of vehicle in our fleet operation.”
Vartan also made it clear that they’re not looking at the Tesla Model S to transport officers from one crime scene to another. Rather, they’re looking into its feasibility in the “high-pursuit-rated vehicle arena.”
Aside from the Tesla, CNBC reports that the LAPD is also testing the all-electric BMW i3. This model has an MSRP of around $43,000 while the Tesla Model S P85D is around $100,000. When LAPD’s police equipment is added, though, the cost for one vehicle can increase by around $45,000 to $50,000.
Last year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced the city’s commitment to lease 288 electric vehicles, with 160 being fully electric, according to a report from electrek. To support these vehicles, the city also said it has prepared to lease 128 plug-in hybrids. Of the fully electric vehicles, 100 were to be allotted to the LAPD, while the rest will be for the use of the Los Angeles’ Fire, Power and General Services and Water departments.
Aside from the cars undergoing testing, LAPD had also purchased 23 electric scooters as well as 3 electric motorcycles for patrol purposes.