You might soon be seeing even more Teslas out and about on UK roads, but with one vital difference: they’ll be patrolling the streets as police cars.
That's right, the UK police have been testing the fully-electric vehicles for the last 9 months, with glowing reviews coming back from the teams that have taken them for a spin.
Tesla confirmed back in June this year that it had provided the UK force with fully modified patrol vehicles for a nationwide trial, and recently published this week a synopsis on how they got on.
Account manager and emergency services lead at Tesla, Max Toozs-Hobson, has shared his findings on his Linkedin account, which included that it’s possible to do 200 miles of ‘Blue Light’ advanced driving in a Model 3. He said: “The average blue light run in the UK is 7-15 minutes with the longest run in our cars being over 4 hours on active deployment under advanced driving conditions.
“Tesla software updates and systems offer new ways to police, the ability to send directions to the car via systems such as what3words and Google maps will allow control rooms to send direct directions to a job. Dash cam, GPS tracking & App access offer unique potential to our cars as well,” he added.
Toozs-Hobson also shared that charging on shifts worked for the police too, telling his Linkedin followers that one Tesla police car stopped at a V3 Supercharger and gained 70% power in less than 20 minutes, which gave the team 5-6 hours of driving for less than £20.
The decision to trial the Model 3 as an emergency response vehicle in the UK mirrors that of the deployments for the popular EV with several police forces in the US.