First electric police car goes from zero to 100km/h in 3 seconds
Jun 4, 2019 Melissa Meehan AAP
Victoria Police Inspector Stuart Bailey with the Tesla Model X. / Victoria
The Model X. "It is important to remember this is a concept vehicle for
Victoria Police." Victoria Police
Victoria's hoons are on notice as police introduce their newest addition to
their fleet, an electric car that can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in
less than three seconds.
The all-electric Tesla Model X started being used on Monday for highway
patrol duties, in a first for an Australian police organisation.
Victoria Police [
] is one of the first jurisdictions in the world to put an all-electric
vehicle into its operational fleet.
The five-door, five-seat SUV will be trialled across various regions and be
constantly assessed while in operation, to test its suitability for road
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said electric
cars could well be the future of road policing.
"This vehicle is unlike any other Victoria Police has ever had in its
fleet," he said on Monday.
"It is important to remember this is a concept vehicle for Victoria Police
and we acknowledge that it will produce a number of unique circumstances and
will continue to evolve as police software is integrated.
"Vehicles are obviously critical to the work we do as they represent the
mobile office for many of our frontline police. Projects such as these mean
that when the switch does inevitably happen, our job of keeping Victorians
safe will not be compromised."
Mr Leane said there's also a great environmental benefit to electric
vehicles, considering state highway patrol vehicles travel thousands of
kilometres on the road every year year.
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