NYPD mulling procurement of 250 strong Tesla Model 3 fleet

Tesla cars are already being used by police forces in different countries.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 16 Dec 2021, 09:12 AM
Tesla Model 3 police patrol car. (Max Toozs-Hobson/Linkedin)
Tesla Model 3 police patrol car. (Max Toozs-Hobson/Linkedin)
Tesla Model 3 police patrol car. (Max Toozs-Hobson/Linkedin)
Tesla Model 3 police patrol car.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is weighing the purchase of as many as 250 Tesla Model 3 sedans for its official vehicle fleet, reports Bloomberg. For this deal, NYPD would pay $51,940 for each all-electric compact sedan, totalling a whopping amount of $12.6 million. The move is being mulled as the NYPD is planning to push its effort for an all-electric fleet in coming days.

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The NYPD is the largest police department in the US, with almost 36,000 uniformed officers and a fleet of 9,000 vehicles. With local and federal governments increasingly electrifying their official vehicle fleets to meet climate goals, the e-cars are also expected to have lower maintenance costs and fuel savings compared to traditional internal combustion engine powered cars.

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A deal between the NYPD and Tesla would underscore the shift in vehicle sales to law enforcement, a market which used to be dominated by Ford Motor Co. Currently, Fremont police department in California, has a Tesla Model S and a Model Y in its fleet as part of a pilot program. Apart from that, several other police forces around the world too have deployed electric vehicles in their fleet of official vehicles.

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Speaking about the experience of using Tesla cars, the Fremont police department had said in a November 2020 report that the agency was pleased with the Model S performance, which met or exceeded expectations, often demonstrating superior performance when compared to petrol-powered police vehicles.

A strong foothold with the police departments would extend the electric car manufacturer’s growing fleet business. Just a few weeks back, rental car company Hertz announced its plans to buy 100,000 Tesla cars, pushing Tesla’s valuation above $1 trillion Its current market cap is $980 million.

First Published Date: 16 Dec 2021, 09:12 AM IST
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