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Using Electric Cars For Some Of The Police Force

Using electric cars for some on the police force not only makes sense, it would be the right thing to do.

Unfortunately, the idea of driving an EV for some police officers seem to go contrary to their preconceived image. After all, a police officers inspire strength and force, something most feel EVs do not represent yet. Maybe Tesla Motors should allow police stations over the country to drive a Roadster and see what serious torque and speed an EV can deliver. While I don’t see long high-speed chase happen yet with EVs, some on the police force would do just fine with an electric car.

Fleets, Police, Parking Enforcement and Street Sweeping. It isn’t hard to see how cities could save a lot on its gas budget and how crucial it is when most are in dire economic situations. How many times do you see a big V8 sedan or pickup truck enforcing parking rules? How often do you see those same cars idling minutes on end, further wasting expensive gas away?

Parking enforcement makes the most sense. Their route is well contained making the demanded range a reality. The stop and go driving these vehicles are used to is ideal for electric car. Battery packs would not be overly stressed and operation costs would be cut down. Light urban police cars could also easily be switched to beefier EVs. Street sweeping day with their myriad of pickup trucks and heavy sedans dishing out tickets to forgetful car owners could save much money by switching over to electricity.

EV Perceptions. There are more solutions than technical obstacles, the problem is with preconceived notions. Many startups have designed well thought out EVs perfect for city driving that would cut down on maintenance and energy cost. The problem is that many officers don’t feel electric cars are serious looking enough. This is really a shame because I don’t think many of us fear the parking enforcement officer. We have different feelings towards parking tickets, annoyance is one of them but fear isn’t.

In the end, it will take some time before the police force warms up to electric cars. As technology progresses and range increases, electric cars will make more and more sense for cash strapped cities. As petroleum price keeps its ever rising trend, cities are starting to look for more intelligent solutions, using electric cars is one way to bring down costs. As usual, all of this relies on a one brick at a time to build a wall scenario. Cities, police officers and everyone involved need to be better educated and understand that electric cars make sense. Electric cars save energy, use home made electricity and could help not raise taxes when cities run out of cash.


Aaron Turpen    June 3, 2012 - 2:01PM

There are already electric police vehicles in Denver, Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming doing parking enforcement. I believe the yare also using the same golf cart-like parking enforcement vehicles in Casper and Jackson Hole, Wyo too. In fact, I think this idea is pretty wide spread nationally.

Actually, I think it's been year since I saw a regular parking enforcement vehicle that was a large, gasoline vehicle. It might happen occasionally when a cop is re-assigned duty temporarily, perhaps, but I don't think it's normal anymore.

danwat1234 (not verified)    June 3, 2012 - 6:22PM

Absolutely. All that wasted gas idling at speed traps and traffic stops, it's ridiculous that the new Taurus isn't a hybrid. Sure it uses less fuel when idling but it's still going to be running basically all the time during the officer's shift. Retarded.
The Taurus police interceptor should be a mild hybrid, lots of fuel savings and not much more cost.

John Goreham    June 3, 2012 - 8:41PM

NY City will do it.
I noticed when I was there that they use EVERYTHING from bicycles to jitneys (little electric vehicles) to motorcycles, and of course Crown Vics. I'd be surprised if they didn't jump on board.