Electric vehicles are slowly but surely taking over the world. Already we have seen cities across the globe replacing their cars and buses with more environmentally friendly options, with China leading the way in this department. How about emergency vehicles, however? Well, this police department could be one of the first with a Tesla in their fleet.
Fremont Police Department
Perhaps it should come as no surprise to learn that the first U.S. police department to have a Tesla in their fleet is located in Fremont, California. This city in the San Francisco Bay area is home to the huge vehicle factory belonging to Tesla, so it only makes sense that this would be the first place for a Tesla cop car!
A bill produced by the Fremont Police Department shows that these guys actually purchased a used 2014 Tesla Model S from the company over a year ago. It cost them just over $61,000 but that wasn’t all they had to shell out for their Tesla cop car. Over $4,000 worth of modifications have been added to the vehicle, including bulletproofing, prisoner seating, and, of course, flashing lights.
Hitting The Streets
Fremont Police Department told interviewers that they are hoping their new Tesla will be hitting the streets some time in February 2019. It’s rumored to be replacing one of their aging Dodge Charger vehicles, but there’s a reason they’ve opted for a Tesla. Since 2009, Fremont police have been working hard on reducing their carbon footprint and their emissions from their vehicles. They already have a fleet of Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion cars, so this Tesla should fit in quite nicely with the rest.
More police departments could certainly take a leaf out of Fremont’s book and consider reducing emissions from their vehicles. Plus, a Tesla cop car is one of the coolest things ever! It’s a win-win situation all around.