Another police force is going electric, with the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) in Massachusetts adding a new Tesla Model Y to its fleet this week.
According to post on the City of Cambridge Facebook page, the new Tesla cruiser is part of a larger city effort to adopt new technologies.
The electric police cruiser will be assigned to the CPD’s community policing unit. This will also staff to test the reliability of the electric SUV and determine its suitability for a wider adoption among the force.
“The City of Cambridge remains dedicated to expanding service capacity as new technologies evolve and increase in reliability and capability,” the City said in a statement.
The city expects the 2021 Model Y Long Range to save thousands with reduced fuel and maintenance costs.
Yet, following a similar theme with other police departments that have added Tesla vehicles to their fleets, there was a large public outcry with more than 500 comments accumulating on the city’s Facebook post, most of them about the ‘extravagant purchase’.
“City has no money but buying 100k vehicles,” one Facebook user responded on the post.
Fortunately there were others that realized the long-term savings of going electric.
“Yes folks this is a Tesla, but please believe at the end of the day after gas and maintenance the cost of the EXPLORER is way more.”