Ottawa Police Services considering electric vehicle pilot program

Tesla Model Y Police Car
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The trend of electric police cars appears to be gaining momentum in Canada as the Ottawa Police Services is considering an electric vehicle (EV) pilot program.

As part of the city’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Ottawa Police Services Board considered a proposal for electric police cars at a meeting on February 22.

According to a video of the meeting posted to YouTube, Ottawa Police Services received approval to work with the City of Ottawa and the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program to determine the feasibility of an EV pilot project.

Last week the Peel Regional Police in Ontario announced they had received a loaner Tesla Model Y to add to their fleet. They will also be trialing and testing it to help to determine if electric vehicles (EVs) would be practical for police work in Ontario.

Several police departments in the U.S. are already enjoying the benefits of electric police cruisers. The Bargersville PD in Indiana realized savings of nearly $7,000 in the first 13 months of having a Tesla Model 3 join their fleet.

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