Police departments in Los Angeles, Denver and Luxembourg have added Model S sedans to their fleets. The Ontario Police recently purchased a Model X, and England’s famous Scotland Yard is considering going electric.
Police force is going to be “electric”
Electrek reports that the police force in Basel, Switzerland has announced plans to replace seven existing diesel vehicles with Model X 100D SUVs.
The BaselPolice released a statement explaining the economic justification for the move: “The total cost of ownership is lower, despite higher initial cost compared to today’s cars. The planned replacement of the diesel vehicles with the Tesla Model X brings several benefits in terms of economic efficiency and ecology. With an eye to the environmental measures outlined in the Cantonal Legislative Plan, the Cantonal Police has considered whether a fully electric vehicle on the market is suitable as an response vehicle. A thorough investigation and practical tests have shown that the Tesla X-100D meets the requirements.” – EVANNEX
Agree & disagree
- Police spokesman Martin Schütz told Telebasel that the higher purchase cost of the Teslas would be offset by significantly lower costs for operation and maintenance and a higher resale value.
- “It is incomprehensible that almost one million francs are spent for vehicles that have not yet been tested in everyday police life,” carped Felix Wehrli, a detective at the Criminal Investigation Department, asking why the department didn’t choose a cheaper vehicle from a legacy automaker such as BMW or Mercedes.