18.6.2021Police forces to trial Tesla UK's Model 3 police car
Tesla police cars have moved a step closer to becoming a reality after the firm announced it has completed its first emergency services specification Model 3.
Tesla UK revealed a police-liveried Model 3 fitted out for use by the UK Police force, which the company says will be available to emergency services across the UK for trial and assessment. The adaptations and livery were completed by industry supplier Halls Electrical Ltd.
Tesla said the car has a range of up to 360 miles and is the perfect ultra-low emissions vehicle for the emergency services going forward.
"In line with the Government’s Road to Zero strategy, emergency services are trialling EV adoption ahead of the 2030 target to move to 100 per ultra-low emission vehicles," according to Tesla.
"Tesla is making this test car available for those forces, brigades and other agencies wanting to trial Model 3 as an emergency response vehicle.
"The Model 3’s performance allows for quick response in both urban and rural environments and with a WLTP range of up to 360 miles, All-Wheel Drive options and a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating, it provides a zero tailpipe emissions solution to emergency services.
"The Model 3 can also present savings over internal combustion engine vehicles with low maintenance requirements and industry leading efficiency.
"The car will be trialled by fire brigades, medical rapid response and police forces in a variety of roles."
Police forces and other services across the UK are currently trialling electric vehicles ahead of the UK Government’s targeted shift to all new car sales being fully electric by 2030.
Indeed, the Metropolitan Police has deployed a fleet of BMW i3s around the streets of London, and is also in ownership of 11 hydrogen fuel-cell Toyota Mirais.
Tesla has yet to confirm if any UK forces have come forward with an interest in the Model 3 so far.