The Tesla Model Y is quickly gaining popularity among police departments across the United States. The latest hoping to add the electric SUV to their fleet is the Aspen Police Department in Colorado.
Aspen Assistant Police Chief Linda Consuegra will request $311,000 from Aspen City Council to purchase five Tesla Model Ys for police use.
Each Long Range (LR) Model Y, currently priced at $57,990 USD after the most recent price increase, will require additional equipment at a cost of about $10,000 each.
According to Conseugra, the purchase could lead the entire department switching from their gas-powered Ford SUVs to all-electric vehicles, reports Aspen Times.
For now, if the purchase is approved, the Model Ys will replace five 12-year old Toyota Highlander hybrids and be used by the three police chiefs, a school resource officer, and detective to see how they handle Colorado winters.
Aspen isn’t the only city within Colorado that is going with the Model Y. Earlier this summer Boulder County announced the purchase of a single Model Y for police use.
Based on their analysis they expect the electric cruiser to save nearly $20,000 over the typical 5 year/105,000 mile lifespan of their patrol cars.