Two more police departments in the United States have added electric cruisers to their fleets.
Missouri’s Linn Creek Police Department and the North Judson Police Department in Indiana have both added a Tesla Model 3.
In Linn Creek, Police Chief Jeff Christenson purchased a Model 3 Long Range, which joined the ranks earlier this week.
Prior to the purchase, Chief Christenson and Mayor Jeff Davis analyzed options for internal combustion engine (ICE) cruisers, but decided upon the Tesla due to its expected savings, even though it is more expensive up front.
”It’s a great investment for our town. The cost savings as far as the regular maintenance, the upkeep, the fuel savings, it’s approximately about $3,000, more than one an Explorer would be. We’ll probably make that up with current gas prices, we could easily make that up within a year,” said Mayor Jeff Davis. (via KY3)
The Model 3 has been outfitted with police lights and sirens, and a full laptop and printer setup. Tesla Destination chargers were also installed at the department to ensure the EV stays topped up, but that shouldn’t be a concern as with a population of just 300 people, they typically only drive about 70 miles (112km) per day.
The North Judson Police Department also welcomed a Model 3 to their fleet of cruisers this week.
The purchase was approved in January, and the electric sedan has already been delivered and outfitted police markings, but is still awaiting the light package and other equipment to be installed.
Much like Linn Creek, the Model 3 was selected for its long-term savings. A charging station has been installed at the Police Department, and North Judson Town Marshal Kelly Fisher says with local electricity rates, it should only take about $2 to fully charge the battery. (via WKVI).