Tesla Model Y joins Kansas police vehicle fleet, assigned as a patrol car

Tesla Model Y joins the list of electric cars that are acting as police cars around the world.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 04 Jul 2022, 08:08 AM
Tesla Model Y is the carmaker's second best-seller around the world with more than 11 units selling every hour.
Tesla Model Y is the carmaker's second best-seller around the world with more than 11 units selling every hour.
Tesla Model Y is the carmaker's second best-seller around the world with more than 11 units selling every hour.
Tesla Model Y is the carmaker's second best-seller around the world with more than 11 units selling every hour.

Tesla Model Y has joined the fleet of the Kansas police department as a patrol car. This becomes the latest addition to the fleet of US police vehicles. Leawood Police Department has said that it will use the Model Y Long Range for patrolling purposes. The police department also claimed that it was exploring the possibility of adding an electric car to its vehicle lineup for more than a year before finalizing the Tesla Model Y.

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It also revealed that the primary reason behind the decision to all-electric is the running costs. A Ford Explorer, which is usually used by the US police forces for patrolling purposes would cost an operational cost of over $6,000 per year. On the other hand, a Tesla Model Y brings down the cost to $700 a year as the majority of the charge is done at the police station and not on public infrastructure.

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Coupled with the electric crossover's peppy acceleration due to the instant torque delivery and low operational costs, it is a win-win situation for both police departments and the environment, claims the Leawood Police Department.

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The Model Y isn't the only electric car joining police forces throughout the world. Other cars like Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf EV and Ford Mustang Mach-E too are among the popular choices when it comes to police forces purchasing all-electric cars for their fleet. Recently, a Nissan Leaf EV joined the Gloucestershire police department fleet in the UK. Several Ford Mustang Mach-E electric cars are about to join the fleet of the New York police department later this year. The Tesla Model 3 too is becoming a popular choice for police forces throughout North America. In India, Mahindra e2O Plus and Tata Nexon EVs are working as police cars.

First Published Date: 04 Jul 2022, 08:08 AM IST
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