Tesla Model S Takes Dodge Charger’s Job At Fremont Police Department

The Fremont Police Department’s quest for a more efficient car fleet is ongoing as a reinforced 2014 Tesla Model S 85 is getting ready to protect and serve.

Apparently, the Tesla is joining the fleet in place of an aging 2007 Dodge Charger, which makes sense seen as how Fremont PD already had multiple other “green” vehicles, such as nine Ford Escape hybrids, five Fusion hybrids, four Fusion plug-in hybrids and three Prius models.

Bad guys beware

In order to dish out justice, this Model S was equipped with an overhead light-bar, rear flashers, wheel well lights, headlight flashers, a WatchGuard vehicle camera, trunk lighting, a Panasonic mobile digital computer, push-bumper, prisoner partition, prisoner seat, center equipment console and armored door panels for the driver and front passenger.

The only thing missing is a software updated that would allow the car to perform PIT maneuvers autonomously.

While the Model S will soon join Fremont PD’s patrol fleet, most of the department’s hybrid or plug-in hybrid models were reserved for command staff and administrative lieutenants.

“The electric patrol vehicle pilot program is an extension of the City’s clean technology and smart city initiatives to help make Fremont a more sustainable community,” stated Fremont PD captain, Sean Washington. “Given that the Fremont Police vehicle fleet is responsible for a total of 980 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, this program has the potential to eliminate 10 percent of all municipal greenhouse gas emissions.”

As for how much the car cost – it was purchased in January of 2018 for $61,478 (including taxes and fees), while the mods were a further $4,447.

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  • Blade t

    Hey, if the tax payers in that city dont mind paying 65k for a used cop car..

  • Jay

    Sure it’s fast but I see it costing more to maintain and repair it. That can’t be good.

    • WHAT MAINTENANCE, TIRES AND WASHER FLUID?

      • Jay

        Police cars get into accidents too. Any fender bender and it’s down for a considerable amount of time.

        • TRUE BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE RETURNED TO LIKE NEW JUST BE DRIVABLE.

          • Jay

            Yes but with all of the sensors and precise specifications even small incidents cost a fortune.

          • I WOULD IMAGINE THAT MOST OF THAT STUFF WON’T BE USED. I’M NOT A COP BUT I’D SAY PARKING SENSORS AND SELF DRIVING CAMERAS AREN’T NECESSARY. THEY’D BANG OUT DENTS IN THE MOTOR POOL. MAYBE SOMEONE (TESLA) WILL COME UP WITH A LESS COMPLICATED EV FOR POLICE USE.

  • Mr. EP9

    “….most of the department’s hybrid or plug-in hybrid models were reserved for command staff and administrative lieutenants.

    So, what about the actual cars used by officers on the beat? Are those hybrids or are they just the usual Charger, Taurus etc….? I don’t see this doing any type of pursuit duty at all.

    • Stephen G

      I agree. This sounds like BS so the big shots get to drive fancy new cars (that surely will be under utilized) at tax payer expense. I say give the lieutenants the used Chargers and the cop on the strreet the Teslas.

  • Bash

    Not cool.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I wouldn’t want to use this as a pursuit vehicle anyways, I’d be too scared to damage it. They’ll probably use it mostly as a pr vehicle.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Over-taxed Californians must love this kind of crap.

  • ODD THAT THEY BUY A USED ONE.

  • Eric

    This will never work for cops. How are they possibly going to leave it running 24/7 while they get coffee and stuff.

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