Bucking the recent trend of police departments buying Tesla vehicles, a police department in Michigan is opting to stick with their home state and purchase two Ford electric vehicles (EVs).
The Ann Arbor Police Department received approval from city council in December to purchase two Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles. At a total cost of $93,926 USD ($119,357 CAD), the purchase aligns with the city’s goal of carbon-neutrality by 2030.
“As a fully electric vehicle, this purchase is consistent with many of the city’s established sustainability efforts including the Green Fleets Policy and the A2Zero Plan,” Matt Kulhanek, the city’s fleet manager, told council in a memo.
Due to Ann Arbor’s sometimes harsh winter conditions, the police department opted for the standard rage AWD version of the Mach-E. According to the official EPA rating, that means it will be good for just 211 miles (339km) of driving on a full charge.
Compared against the Long Range (LR) Model Y, priced at $49,990 USD and with 326 miles of range, the slightly higher price point of the Tesla might have be worth it.
It is also going to be a while until they report for duty. With the first deliveries of the Mach-E only beginning late last year, the police department isn’t expecting to receive them until later this year. An additional $5,000 will be spent to install Level 2 EV chargers at the police station.
In September last year the Holland Department of Public Safety Detectives in Michigan ordered a Tesla Model 3 for their latest squad car. It was chosen for its performance, safety, warranty, and resale value, and lower fuel and maintenance costs.
Source: Michigan Live