Victoria police (Australia) has purchased Tesla Model X , as part of a trial to electrify their patrol fleet.
“Victoria Police purchased the five-door, five-seat SUV as part of a feasibility study into developing fully integrated electric, IT-based police vehicles for fleet use,”– Police said.
They made it clear that this is not a promotional car and will be used in various parts of the state for duty.
“This vehicle is unlike any other Victoria Police has ever had in its fleet and could well be the future of road policing in this state, country and the world,” says the force’s road policing assistant commissioner, Stephen Leane.
“There is also a great environmental benefit to electric vehicles and considering our state highway patrol vehicles travel thousands of kilometres on the road per year, we should always be looking at ways we can lessen our impact on the environment.”
Police officials will be working with Tesla engineers in the coming months to make full use of the car and it’s embedded technologies.
Inspector Stuart Bailey , who initiated the ride said it has exceeded their expectations.
“Its performance is exceeding our other highway patrol cars.”– he said.
The regular Model X can punch from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9-seconds, making it a pretty solid choice for the highway patrol.
The police force say the purchase of Tesla Model X is the biggest development in police vehicles in a century.