The Tesla Model 3 police car has been in service for about two months, and is being used by the detective unit and not as a patrol car (stock photo). - Photo: Mario Duran-Ortiz (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Tesla Model 3 police car has been in service for about two months, and is being used by the detective unit and not as a patrol car (stock photo).

Photo: Mario Duran-Ortiz (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Holland, Michigan, Department of Public Safety's Tesla Model 3 police car has been in service for about two months, and was purchased for $49,000 in 2020 as a test-run for adopting electric vehicles more widely in the city's transportation fleet, according to the Holland Sentinel.

The car is being used by the detective unit and not as a patrol car, with the only modification being the addition of a police radio. 

The City of Holland paid extra for a longer-lasting battery, enabling it to travel about 300 miles on a full charge. Detective Sgt. Jim Ludema, who is assigned to the Tesla, noted the battery drains faster in cold weather, reducing that range during the winter months.

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