LAPD Is Barely Using Its 100 BMW i3s, Report Says

A report from CBS news affiliate, KCBS-TV, has revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department is hardly using the BMW i3s it started leasing back in 2016.

During an investigation led by David Goldstein which saw the news outlet using hidden cameras and other tactics, it was discovered that many of the electric hatchbacks have fewer than four thousand miles under their belt. In fact, there are a host that have been driven less than 500 miles.

For example, one example was found to have been used for just 400 miles despite being in service since May 27, 2016. Average mileage per week for this example equals just six miles and on average, the LAPD is paying $418.04 a month to lease the car. That’s taxpayers’ money by the way.

Shockingly, there are a plethora of other i3s that have been driven a similarly minimal number of miles.

When introduced, the BMW i3 police cars were going to be used as transportation vehicles for officers and in community outreach initiatives. However, it has been discovered that some police officers are using the vehicles for personal errands, such as going for lunch and even making school runs.

Quizzed about the improper use of the BMWs, LAPD deputy chief Jorge Villegas said, “We want to be responsive to the community. It’s all a part of saving the Earth, going green … quite frankly, to try and save money for the community and the taxpayers.”


  • LA cop

    Perhaps not powerful enough to shift your average Lardy American cop….??

    • Dr Strangefinger

      How many hotdogs and fries can one shove in one of these?

  • europeon

    Proof that, despite what that vocal minority of deranged eco-vegans is saying, electric cars can’t be used (yet) for serious purposes.

    • LWOAP

      The sad part is, they won’t admit that because reasons; pretty bad reasons at that.

      • Mike Sinyaboot

        This is a perfect example of “virtue signaling”. These cars serve no purpose for the LAPD. It was simply a way for them to pretend they are doing something “green” for the community when all they are doing is wasting money that is not theirs. This is a problem that runs rampant throughout the entire state. The below quote is take from a recent article and it perfectly illustrates Californias terrible leadership.

        “Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.”

        • LWOAP

          That’s a fucking disgrace. How these people can think this makes perfect sense is beyond me. They must be living on another planet entirely or just have their head so far up their own asses.

        • smartacus

          Kalifornistan is too big to fail
          …but they will, because they
          won’t be getting any bailout.

    • Jp
      • europeon

        Just like @mike_sinyaboot:disqus said in the post above, that nothing more than “virtue signalling”. At least those are singular cases, not entire fleets.
        I also suggest you do some research about police cruisers and the extent and amount of modifications goes in a standard car to be turned into one.

  • B.

    Sorry, can someone just dumb it down for me because I thought the BMW i3s only just came out, like a few months ago right? or have I had a sleep?

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      It would seem you have had a very long sleep. BMW started production of the i3 back in 2013.

      • B.

        No, I said the i3s the “s” model I said??

        • Mike Sinyaboot

          Ahhh. Gotchya.


    Ok, so who thought this was a good idea?

  • Shane

    Seems like a certain type of people don’t know how to wisely spend their money

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Don’t know how to wisely spend THE TAXPAYERS money.

    • smartacus

      and it’s not even their money

  • lagunas3ca

    Meter maid car.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I was just about to write that.

  • kachuks

    “We want to be responsive to the community. It’s all a part of saving
    the Earth, going green … quite frankly, to try and save money for the
    community and the taxpayers.”

    We just don’t want to actually do anything to “save the Earth, and save money for the community and taxpayers”. Especially if it’s something as simple as driving a car.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Exactly. I feel bad for all of the hard working people in California. Their elected officials are incredibly incompetent and corrupt.

      • europeon

        Name me a place on this earth were officials aren’t corrupt, incompetent or both.

        • kachuks

          I hear some Nordic countries have ridiculously high tax rates but their citizens actually get it back in genuine social services and high standard of living.

          • europeon

            Yeah, they’re not corrupt, but their incompetence is through the roof.
            And my definition of a high standard of living does not include the fear of getting raped.

          • Marty

            And there is zero rape in Turkey and Nicaragua and there has never ever been any rape case in Qatar. And Australia and Canada are the most dangerous countries on the planet when it comes to kidnapping.

            You are confusing “your fear of getting raped” with “the risk of getting raped”.
            Some Nordic countries have different definitions of rape, a higher grade of people actually daring to report the crime without being shamed, and better statistics. They are probably among the safest places in the world if you fear rape.

          • europeon

            I think you should do some more research. Start with the difference between assault and rape.

            Also this wasn’t a comparison between shithole countries and first world ones, I was just asking for an example of a country without incompetent or corrupt politicians. And btw, use your google-fu to learn more about “feminist snowplowing”, then maybe you’ll come back and edit your reply 😉

          • Marty

            You were talking about your fear of being raped. I was just trying to help you with better data before you move to Qatar.

            But you are right, I edited my reply now. I misspelled Qatar.

      • smartacus

        The worst is definitely Kalifornistan. No Excuses.
        They make NJ and NY look fiscally conservative.

  • Mike Sinyaboot

    California is beautiful. Unfortunately, it is being run into the ground by corrupt officials. Chief Jorges quote perfectly reflects just how out of touch they are. Deputy Jorge somehow thinks the LAPD is being “responsive to the community, saving the Earth, going green, and saving the the taxpayers money” by wastefully spending the taxpayers money on luxury cars that are not being used.

    It is no wonder that the state is hemorrhaging money and the solution is always to spend more money. Hell, they have already proposed constitutional amendment 22 which seeks to seize half of businesses’ tax reform savings. It is almost if the state is trying to force businesses out of the state.

    • smartacus

      Kalfornistan needs to be broken up.
      The State Of Jefferson can’t come soon enough

      • MarketAndChurch

        That would give the Democrats more senators.

    • Jay Brown

      California is a shithole country as well. A lot of witchcraft happen on that state and faggotry too.

  • TheBelltower

    I do like the i3. But on what planet did anyone believe that it would make a good police car? There are too many reasons to list why this is a bad idea.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Yup. I like the i3 as well. While the cars design is not for everyone, I find it attractive. The interior is especially nice. The article does say that the plan was only to use the i3s “as transportation vehicles for officers and in community outreach initiatives”. They were never intended to be full on police cruisers. This is not a terrible idea but there was obviously no reason to lease 100 of them when only a handful were possibly needed.

      It is sad that the state with the highest poverty levels in the US is wastefully spending money on “programs” like this.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Typical California SChytt

    • brn

      Not crash rated.
      Not curb rated.
      Not pitt rated.
      Not pursuit rated.
      No ballistic panels.
      Limited range.
      No room for equipment.
      No room for “passengers”

      Yep, not a good patrol car. I suspect they had these things pushed on them by some “do gooder” who couldn’t be bothered to research their practicality. PDs have plenty of uses for non-patrol rated vehicles, but not 100 of them! If they had to force them to buy i3’s, they should have limited to 10 or so and found good uses for them.

  • Nick099

    What a waste.

    • LWOAP

      Indeed. A colossal waste at that.

      • smartacus

        they coulda spent $10Million on Mustangs or Camaros!
        At least they would be good for the used-car market
        the same way old decommissioned Crown Vics are.

  • smartacus

    Ah beautiful backwards s*hole Kalifornistan.
    You know how many Millions could be saved by simply shutting down LAPD?
    It’s not like they actually prevent crimes, anyway.

    • europeon

      Brilliant! That would also make BLM shut up.
      Two birds with one stone.

      • Jay Brown

        White people aren’t humans.

        • europeon

          Of course, they are a superior race to humans.

          • Jay Brown

            How can they be superior when they dropping dead like flies. Explain

        • smartacus

          i admit; they aren’t descendants of monkeys

          • Jay Brown

            They are since monkeys got no lips.

      • smartacus

        that’s true!
        it would

      • Jay Brown

        The biggest terrorist on the usa are whites.

  • dean

    watch the video, the spokesman actually laughs when he says ‘ its all part of saving the earth’….

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      It is a complete joke. They don’t care about “saving the earth” at all. If they did, LA would not exist as their entire water supply comes from elsewhere. Same with electricity.

      Some 18 million Californians get water from this river on Arizona’s border. California gets to siphon off 1.4 trillion gallons every year, but the state’s been blowing that budget by some 200 billion gallons. The federal government has kindly asked them to quit it.

      Stan Shebs / Wikimedia Commons”

  • It is California. No surprise here. They just announced they are working on increasing taxes since the Trump tax plan gave businesses a break.

  • McF1

    Great investigative reporting.

  • Enter Ranting

    Well, I am shocked – I mean SHOCKED – to learn that Los Angeles is wasting our money on a fleet of silly, expensive BMWs! This is nothing like having the LAUSD purchase thousands of iPads for the school system. Boy, that sure ended well! Electric cars are even more green when you don’t drive them.

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