Police in Fremont said the electric car passed the test and saved $ 4,000 in fuel cost in one year.
“The electric car can withstand the harsh police use, requires less maintenance, and meets the needs of police services,” she added.
And in 2018, Fremont Police Department bought a used Tesla Model S for $ 61,000 to replace a Dodge Charger.
It was equipped with the necessary equipment, and the aim was to convert it into a police patrol car to find out if the electric vehicle fits the needs of the patrol car and reduce gas costs.
The car underwent police patrol tests and was used on the road last year.
After being used en-route for more than a year, Fremont Police Department released a full report on their experience with the Model S, which they deemed successful.
Police said the cost of shipping a Tesla car over the course of one year was much less than the cost of filling a standard Ford Police car.
Repair costs were higher for Tesla, but police said the electric vehicle’s downtime was about four weeks shorter than the fuel vehicles in its fleet.
The division believes that reduced Tesla maintenance is likely to lead to longer life than the expected five years for patrol vehicles.
Other benefits include an officers’ sense of security and controlReducing anxiety and stress, along with improving wireless communication, due to the absence of engine noise.
The results of the pilot program prompted Fremont police to advance plans to expand its fleet of alternatives to EVs.
“The final results from the one-year electric patrol vehicle pilot program have been encouraging as the City of Fremont continues to search for cost-effective ways to help make Fremont more sustainable,” the report said.
Thanks to the successful Model S test year, the Fremont Police Department has since added the Model Y to its fleet.
Authorities have indicated that the Model Y could be better than the Model S, given its lower starting price, longer range and greater storage space.