The Los Angeles Police Department is testing out a BMW i3 electric vehicle. BMW is loaning the LAPD the car for twelve months in the first US test of the EV in an law enforcement fleet. The BMW i3 test vehicle, which sports the famous LAPD black and white livery, complete with rooftop light-bar, will undergo a year of rigorous testing. While we wouldn’t expect it to be in any high speed chase videos, you’ll likely spot it at public events throughout the next year.
“The decision by the Los Angeles Police Department to undertake this evaluation highlights the compelling nature of the BMW i3 as a versatile, sustainable vehicle,” noted Christine Fleischer, Manager – BMW i for BMW of North America. “By virtue of its innovative design and construction from leading-edge materials, the i3 is a brilliant fit with the technology-driven research philosophy of the LAPD. This will be a valuable learning experience for both BMW and the Department.”
“Today, we take another step toward becoming the most sustainable city in America,” said LA Mayor Eric Garcetti in prepared remarks on Friday. “This year, Los Angeles will become home to the largest city-owned fleet of pure battery electric vehicles anywhere in the country, and we will save taxpayer dollars along the way.”
The LAPD will benefit from the compact size and agility, thanks to the light-weight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic construction of the BMW i3. BMW also says the very tight turning circle of the i3 will make maneuvering around the streets of Los Angeles a breeze. The LAPD will have access to the large, conveniently located network of BMW i Centers, making servicing of an i3 fleet convenient and cost effective.
So if you live in Los Angeles, keep an eye out for the “LAPD” BMW i3 on the streets and at events around town over the coming months.