Don’t expect to see the Los Angeles Police Department’s newest vehicles involved in high-speed chases down the interstate.
That’s because the LAPD’s newest batch of fleet vehicles are BMW i3s.
BMW just won a bid to provide 100 of the fully-electric cars to the department. It’s part of the city’s plan to convert city vehicles to EVs. The i3’s won’t be used as police emergency vehicles, but for other activities including community outreach.
The LAPD evaluated the i3 in field trials with other EVs before selecting the vehicle in the end. BMW even beat out the Tesla P90.
BMW says the i3 won at the end of the day because of its best-in-class fuel efficiency, reliability and state-of-the-art ConnectedDrive services, which can be used to support fleet management applications. (Of course, the i3 also costs $42,000, half the price of a Tesla.) We should also mention the LAPD already uses BMW motorcycles in its fleet, too.
“We should be thinking green in everything we do — and these new EVs show how local government can lead,” said Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti. “Our sustainability plan pushes L.A. to speed adoption of greener practices and technologies, which also save money and resources.”
BMW’s software data system will integrate with the LAPD’s fleet management system which will allow the department to electronically receive critical vehicle data needed to effectively maintain their fleet. BMW is also designing a web tool so the department can track their fleet in near real-time, contributing to improved deployment, utilization, and the efficient charging of their fleet of BMW i3s.
The current BMW i3 can go about 80 miles on a charge and has a base MSRP of $42,400. An updated model is on the way that will take you 114 miles on a charge.