Friday, February 8, 2019

Cops driving Teslas

Tesla cars are expensive to purchase. But increasingly, police departments are being drawn to them. It’s not just the “Insane Mode” that should let them outrun virtually any car on the road. They’ll also be cheaper to own and operate over the 5 years they usually own their cruisers.

The single Model S might’ve been more expensive right off the bat, at just over $61,000 plus the costs of converting it into a fully-fledged police cruiser, according to a press release. Modifications include a “light bar, push bumper, and ballistic barriers.”
But savings in gas and maintenance could make it a lot cheaper for the Department over five years of use — the average life cycle of such a vehicle. The Fremont Police Department has already installed a solar array on top of the Police Complex’s carport to charge electric cars, including the new Tesla.
So don’t say I didn’t warn you. The next Tesla you see might be in your rear view mirror with a flashing light bar. Drive safe. Don’t text and drive!

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