UK politician attempting to stop purchase of Tesla police cars

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Warley MP John Speller from Sandwell in the United Kingdom hopes to stop local police forces from buying Teslas for their fleets.

The MP urged the Midlands Police not to invest in American cars when UK vehicles could do the same job.

Last year it was revealed that the Tesla Model 3 was being tested for suitability for emergency services in England. This testing is the typical step before emergency services can buy the vehicle.

The MP says he has alerted the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster to say the police force should not buy Tesla, according to reporting by Express & Star.

Further to this, he noted that he would draw this to the attention of the Government, Ministers and fellow MPs to stand up for the British motor industry.

“Not only do these cost around £60,000 each but they are definitely not built in the UK. I will be alerting our West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster to say our police force should have nothing to do with this,” Speller said.

“I will also be drawing this to the attention of Government, Ministers and fellow MPs to stand up for our motor industry,” he added.

It is unclear what British EV MP Speller would prefer the police forces to use.

This is not the first emergency services test for the Model 3. The car is currently in operation in several countries as a police vehicle.

During real-time testing of of the Model 3 in the UK so far, the electric sedan did not need charging for four hours. In addition, they found the Model 3 can do over 200 miles (321km) of blue light advanced driving.

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Source: Express and Star

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