Bargersville, Indiana, Police upgraded their fleet to Tesla Model 3 vehicles after learning that they would save a lot of gas and not compromise performance compared to their Dodge Chargers.
are beginning to see Tesla vehicles become quite popular with police stations around the world.
In the Tesla's own courtyard, the Fremont Police Department converted a used Tesla Model S into a patrol vehicle.
Luxembourg police convert two Model S car patrol sedans and Tesla's largest police patrol fleet is in Switzerland.
At this point, about a dozen police stations are electrically driven by Tesla vehicles, but we've never heard of anyone going with Model 3 until now.
The Bargeville Police Department decided to tackle this.
Bargeville Police Chief Todt Bertram commented:
"The two big things we looked at when buying cars were seriously price and performance. Many times when you get a car that is in our price range, you sacrifice performance. At Tesla, the performance is better than the cars we currently drive. It's amazing, it's smooth, it's powerful, it works great. ”
Performance will not be a problem compared to the replacement car; Dodge Charger. They went with the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which is fast and with a range of 240 miles, far exceeding the average daily patrol car mileage of between 80 and 1
Here's a local news report on their first Model 3 that hits the road today:
As far as cost goes, Model 3 is the clear winner. The Standard Range Plus version they bought is a little more expensive than ~ $ 41,000, but they expect gas savings of about $ 6,000 a year, which means the Model 3 will almost pay off in its entire life (expect 6 years as Police Chief
Police Chief Todd Bertram also expects significant cost savings with Model 3.
They have already completed the conversion of the first Model 3 into a patrol car:
They plan to add 4 more Model 3 vehicles to the fleet to replace their gas-powered Dodge Chargers.
The Bargersville Police Department says they need to hire more employees and they plan to use all their gas savings to do so.
They also noted other less obvious benefits, such as silent tracing, making it easier for employees to get the jump on people and the Tesla app, which allows them to run c limate control remotely in winter.
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