Currently, the 100 i3s on the fleet are used solely for non-emergency responses. They just don’t have the get up and go or the range needed for a standard patrol car. Enter the Tesla Model S.
The department currently has two loaner Model S P85 Ds from Tesla. They dressed up one in the black and white to get people used to the idea of seeing one. The other one will be fully rigged in police patrol car gear and will begin field patrol tests next year. Tesla itself will assist the LAPD in outfitting the vehicle for duty.
Tesla and LAPD working to retrofit a Model S with equipment for police patrol – Electrek https://t.co/Z5lcY7qyRQ
— LAPD (@LAPD) October 16, 2016
The Tesla S P85D has a range of 275 miles on one charge. That’s more than double that of the i3. It has a range of only 80 to 100 miles. It also does a sluggish 0 to 60 mph of 7.0 seconds. The Tesla gets a track ready time of 3.2 seconds.
The price tag, and the minor concern of a loss of power rendering the fleet useless, keeps the LAPD from a full electric conversion at the present time. However, the city says it will flip the complete electric switch within the next five years.