LAPD provides one hundred BMW i3 EVs to its non-emergency fleet

LAPD adds 100 BMW i3 EVs to its non-emergency fleet

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After contemplating BMW’s i3 and Tesla’s Mannequin S to exchange a gaggle of ageing automobiles, the LAPD awarded the bid to the German automaker. one hundred of the electrical automobiles shall be used as a part of the division’s motor pool that is principally utilized by civilians, however they will be out there to officers on “routine assignments” as nicely. Together with the EVs, 104 charging stations have been additionally included within the contract. With the whole electrical car rely now sitting at 168, the LAPD says it has “the most important absolutely battery-powered municipal fleet” within the US.

Whereas California’s personal Tesla Mannequin S was being thought-about, that electrical sedan prices greater than twice as a lot because the i3’s $forty two,000 worth. The division had been testing the now discontinued P85D which might’ve provided extra vary and the facility wanted to take part in a excessive-velocity chase if wanted. LAPD introduced final month that it wasn’t fairly prepared to modify over to an all-electrical fleet for its cruisers, after spending a while with two of the Mannequin S sedans. Value and the supply of charging stations have been cited as causes for holding off on the change.