Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government is on a mission to go electric. Since taking office, President Biden announced his desire to swap out the federal gasoline fleet with electric vehicles as soon as possible.
Even the department of defense has ordered two EVs for evaluation. The U.S. Postal Service wasn’t too keen on the idea, but eventually gave in after being sued by multiple states.
Electric police cars are trending
On a state and local level, police departments across the country are investing in electric vehicles to hunt down subjects. But in Britain, they’re already ahead of the game.
The British Transport Police (BTP) purchased both Kia EV6s, the first of 80 new electric police cars including Polestar 2s, Peugeot e-208s, Corsa-es, and Tesla Model 3s, according to
Move Electric. Set to be in service by the end of the year, these EVs will account for a quarter of the force’s vehicle fleet.
Because fast-responding vehicles may be required to travel long distances, the BTP selected electric cars with at least a 300-mile range. They can also be charged at a minimum speed of DC 150 kWh equalling 100 miles of range in the span of 10 minutes.
And of course, the vehicles passed a series of rigorous tests to make sure they were fit for working in the field. Today’s versions include multiple LEDs front and rear low-profile light bars, a 100W siren, conspicuity tape, ANPR cameras, and an array of secure mobile communications. By 2025, the BTP plans to have a zero-emission fleet.
Electric police cars from Chevy
Chevy Bolt EVSpecial Services Vehicle (SSV) was introduced in mid-2021. The Bolt SSV package features a power-adjustable driver’s seat and 16-inch steel wheels with all-terrain tires. The electric car relies on 20 and 30-amp circuits to power its radios and auxiliary lights, according to
While the vehicle isn’t very intimidating, it’s perfect for detectives who frequently drive around looking for clues. For stakeouts, the Bolt SSV comes with Surveillance Mode that turns interior and exterior lights off. At the moment, there’s no record of any police department utilizing a Bolt SSV.
The Chevy Blazer EV PPV was released this summer. While the Police Pursuit Vehicle has yet to be sold, it sure is ready to chase some lawbreakers down. With an estimated 300-mile range, the electric car is based on the potent SS trim, delivering a standard 557 hp.
The auto features a police interior room in the back for criminals and high-performance Brembo brakes. The trunk has enough room for medical supplies and a small arsenal.
Other American electric police cars
Despite its small size for an electric police car, the
powerhouse Tesla Model 3is the most popular choice among law enforcement. The UK police purchased one unit for evaluation, while the Thai police shelled out $3 million for a fleet of their own. As far as we know, both departments are satisfied with their EV purchases.
In Dallas County, the police department spent $190,320 for three Model 3 Performance units. The Model 3 Performance can hit a top speed of 162 mph, and accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. It also helps that the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) declared the Tesla Model 3 faster than any of the most stolen vehicles in America.
One hundred and eight four Ford Mustang Mach-E GTs were purchased by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. While some of the electric police cars went to the NYPD, others were distributed to the Department of Corrections, the New York City Sheriff's Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Parks and Recreation, DCAS Police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and NYC Emergency Management.
NYPD often for the full-fat GT, which cranks out 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque from its dual-motor system. In just 3.5 seconds, it can hit 60 mph. It’s also arguably the most attractive on the list.
Replacing an existing gas-powered model, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle) SSV will eventually replace the F-150 Police Responder. Depending on battery size preference, the electric police car either offers 452 hp with 775 lb-ft of torque or 580 hp with 775 lb-ft of torque. Both options can tow at least 7,700 pounds and accelerate to 60 mph in under four seconds.
The Lightning Pro SSV features Pro Power OnBoard, which can act as a mobile power source for lighting up accident scenes at night, and the Mega Power Frunk offers additional lockable storage on top of purpose-built police additions. Once the books are open, orders are expected to come flying in.