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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:54 PM

Fremont Police Replaced an Old Dodge Charger With a Tesla Cop Car

The police department in Fremont, Calif., the same Fremont where the Tesla factory is, just bought a used Tesla Model S 85 to replace a retiring Dodge Charger. The car has been fitted with all the standard cop-spec accessories and will soon go on duty as part of a pilot program to see if a Tesla is up to the task of police work.

You might remember that the LAPD conducted its own “pilot program” for running Model S cop cars a few years ago, which sort of quietly petered out. More recently, local news figured out that Los Angeles’ electric cars weren’t getting a lot of mileage. So I guess I wouldn’t hold your breath for a tidal wave of electric vehicles replacing regular police cars in the near future, but hopefully Fremont gets something new out of its test.

You can look at the PowerPoint deck somebody made to sell this idea, but basically it sounds like Fremont Police thinks a Tesla cop car could be built for about the same price as a regular Ford SUV, but may be cheaper and more environmentally friendly to operate over its lifespan.

A press release from Fremont Police lays out how much money we’re talking about here: The 2014 Tesla Model S 85 was purchased in January 2018 for $61,478.50 all-up. Over the last year, Fremont PD has added things like a light bar, push bumper and ballistic barriers which it states rang up at $4,447 to date.

For comparison, Fremont Police say a Ford Explorer cop car (also known as an Interceptor Utility) lists at about $40,000 and its upfitting costs are comparable to what was spent equipping the Tesla, adding: “The initial buildup cost of the Tesla is slightly higher than that of a Ford due to the necessary customizations.”



https://jalopnik.com/fremont-police-replaced-an-old-dodge-charger-with-a-tes-1832059459







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Reply Fremont Police Replaced an Old Dodge Charger With a Tesla Cop Car (Original post)
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 OP
def_con5 Jan 2019 #1
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #2
def_con5 Jan 2019 #3
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #7
cologeek Jan 2019 #4
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #6
quad489 Jan 2019 #5
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #8
His Daughter Jan 2019 #9
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #10
His Daughter Jan 2019 #11
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #12
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #13

Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:21 PM

1. In general municipalities haven't had good luck with electrics

In real world testing their mileage sucks.

Albuquerque shit canned it's entire fleet of electric buses.

The city of Albuquerque is pulling the plug on the Chinese manufacturer contracted to supply 60-foot electric buses for the much-maligned and delayed Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

Mayor Tim Keller, meeting with Journal editors and reporters Monday, announced the city’s plans to reject and return all 15 of the electric buses manufactured by BYD, also known as Build Your Dreams. The buses are manufactured at the company’s California-based North American subsidiary.

BTW, a couple of em broke down on the way out of town.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1246094/abq-rejecting-all-byd-art-buses-switching-to-non-electric.html

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Response to def_con5 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:26 PM

2. Interesting



However, Tesla's qc is probably a bit better than the manufacturer you mentioned.

It will be interesting to see what happens. Perhaps in the future electric may be the norm.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:30 PM

3. It's all gonna depend on how they can store and then retrieve the electricity.

Right now no way. Imagine an electric fire truck say in Detroit in winter.

I have my doubts, still waiting for the big break through in battery technology.

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Response to def_con5 (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 08:42 PM

7. Agree


It's probably going to be a while for the technology to evolve.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:40 PM

4. Do you know what is the most modified piece of equipment on the average police unit is?

It's the alternator. Police units use a lot of juice in the course of a day. With radios, computers, and the ubiquitous red and blue lights, there's a lot of electricity used. You can refuel the tank for the engine running everything in just a couple of minutes and your ready to go. How long to recharge a cruiser that only has batteries to run that stuff?

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Response to cologeek (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 08:40 PM

6. My CVPI

came with a 200 amp alternator. It crapped out, and I replaced it with a 130 amp. But I'm not running lights or a computer.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 08:29 PM

5. If only pollution-free electricity was used to recharge every shift..................

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Response to quad489 (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 08:45 PM

8. Good point


And I don't have an answer for it.

Other than the pollution creating electric,sources are going to be running anyway. Using them to power non polluting vehicles, and how much of a tradeoff it would be,
is up to the scientists to figure out.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 09:33 PM

9. Maybe Officer Martinez could drive it around in small circles



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Response to His Daughter (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 11:09 PM

10. ...





Thanks, that was great!


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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 11:45 PM

11. 1st Amendment audits are becoming more prevalent. Even been warning videos made for police depts

Yet some continued to be trolled. I ran into one while still in California. He got kinda of stuffy until I pointed out I was both a subscriber and a fan. He was a teddy bear after that. That video was never published.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 12:13 AM

12. Glad it turned out o.k.!



Small world, isn't it?






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Response to His Daughter (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 12:35 AM

13. Forgive me but...


The encounter with Officer Martinez was straight out of Reno 911.





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