Fremont PD is now testing a Tesla patrol car

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Just a few days ago we told you that a couple F-150 trucks were being added to the patrol vehicle fleet over at the Fremont Police Department. 

There’s a chance you may also spot a Tesla as part of the fleet. 

The department announced Wednesday it will soon begin a pilot program test a Tesla Model S 85 customized for patrol operations. 

The car is coincides with the city’s of Fremont’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020. 

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 Tesla is the only electric vehicle that met specifications for size, performance, battery range, and safety, all required for a fully deployable patrol vehicle,” Fremont PD said in a statement. 

The department said it has been working with vendors to install the standard police equipment you see on “regular” patrol cars. 

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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