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Swiss police pick Hyundai Kona Electric as EV patrol car
They will be used by the St. Gallen canton of Switzerland
May 31st 2019  JOEL STOCKSDALE  

2019 Hyundai Kona police car


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric police car for St. Gallen canton of Switzerland
Image Credit: Hyundai

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Fremont, Calif., isn't the only place with electric police cars anymore [
]. In the Swiss canton (similar to a state or county) of St. Gallen, the
police department ordered up 13 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric crossovers [
]. Five of them get the full patrol car treatment shown above with neon
orange and white paint, blue police lights, sirens and a police radio. The
other eight cars will be left unmodified for non-patrol duties.

According to Hyundai, the Kona [
] was selected after testing and after meeting the St. Gallen police
department's basic requirements. For an electric vehicle to be considered,
it had to be less than 50,000 Swiss francs, which is just under $50,000,
have over 100 kW (134 horsepower), a range of more than 400 kilometers (249
miles), and be readily available. The Kona, with its base price of 46,990
francs in Switzerland, and a WLTP range of 449 km (258 miles for U.S.
models) met that criteria and won over the department.

And because we're sure someone will say something otherwise, the Tesla Model
3 also meets the basic criteria. The base single motor model starts at
47,200 francs, a little more than the Kona, and it has a listed range of 415
kilometers versus the Kona's 449 kilometer-range. The cheapest dual-motor
model has much more power and range, but it also starts at 56,900 francs,
which is higher than the department's price ceiling.

This Swiss police force's choice to add electric cars to its fleet is also
one of a few signs of greener police cars coming. Ford has developed hybrid
versions of its Fusion and Explorer police cars called the Ford Police
Responder Hybrid and Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid. Both are even
rated for pursuit duty in the event a chase breaks out.
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