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FIRST LOOK: Fremont PD unveils Tesla patrol car

FREMONT (KRON) - The Fremont Police Department on Wednesday unveiled the newest addition to its patrol vehicle fleet -- a Tesla! 

The department is participating in a pilot program as it tests a Tesla Model S 85 which is customized for patrol operations. 

The team purchased a used 2014 Tesla in Jan. 2018 for $61,478.50 including taxes and fees, according to police. 

This car will replace a 2007 Dodge Charger which was scheduled to be taken out of service.

 

The total invoiced costs for modifications at this time is $4,447 and officials say that number is expected to increase as final invoices come in. 

Officials say while the average life cycle of a police car is about 5 years, electric cars may be used longer due to fewer mechanical issues.

The city's pilot program team will monitor the Tesla's performance and will evaluate results and share more information as it becomes more available. 

You can learn more about the Tesla pilot project here. 

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