The Fremont, California, Police Department is deploying its second Tesla police car following the successful addition of a Tesla Model S 85 in 2019. The new vehicle, a Model Y, can last one to two patrol shifts on one charge and reaches an additional 61 miles per charge while maintaining the same projected ownership costs, according to the Police Department.
The Model Y became the Department’s latest addition in its hybrid and electric fleet of over 40 vehicles. To prepare for its deployment, the FPD also purchased an additional charger, bringing the Department to four charging stations.
“The highly favorable results of our patrol electric vehicle pilot program set the foundation for our city and Police Department to continue investing in clean technology,” Fremont Police Chief Sean Washington said. “I am excited we can take another step with deploying the Model Y and other administrative electric vehicles we hope to deploy in the future.”
Last year, the FPD’s Electric Patrol Vehicle Pilot Program Outcome Report highlighted that the Tesla Model S 85 met or exceeded expectations, often demonstrating superior performance when compared to gasoline-powered police vehicles, as well as being cost-effective, the PD said. This program plays a significant role in the citywide effort to identify long-term, economical ways to be more sustainable and meet Fremont’s goal of reducing 2005 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.
More information on its Tesla vehicles can be found on the Fremont PD website.