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The police department in Fremont, Calif. has replaced a Dodge Charger with a used Tesla Model S 85 as a trial to see if the electric police cruiser is a option for patrol.
According to a press release from Fremont Police, the department purchased the 2014 Tesla Model S 85 in January 2018 for $61,478.50. The PD spent $4,447 adding a light bar, push bumper and other cruiser gear.
“In comparison, a Ford Explorer with the police package costs approximately $40,000 with additional modification costs that are comparable to the Tesla,” the release said. “The initial buildup cost of the Tesla is slightly higher than that of a Ford due to the necessary customizations.”
The Ford Explorer has a lifespan of about five years with a fuel cost of approximately $32,000, and maintenance estimated at $15,000. “Electric vehicles may be operational for longer due to less mechanical issues,” the release noted.
To charge the new cruiser, the “City’s Police Complex has 872 kW of solar carport structures installed onsite and three charging stations,” meaning that the car will be powered by renewable energy.