Members of the local police force in Portugal will soon have to charge their cars (pun intended) with electricity as the country's PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública) division has taken delivery of a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs, complete with flashing blue lights,
A total of eight Leaf police cars will be at the disposal of PSP, which is the security force responsible for policing the large urban areas of the southern European country.
The Japanese carmaker said that the zero-emission cars will be used mainly as part of the PSP's Safe School Program but added that they "can be called upon to perform other police duties at any time", though we have a hard time imagining the Leaf in pursuit of anything faster than a Smart ForTwo.
However, it's the Leaf's green performance that won PSP officials.
"We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet," said Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP.
"We want to continue reducing pollution in large urban centres and the introduction of the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet," he added.