The announcement comes less than a month after LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan said the Tesla Model S currently isn’t practical enough, suggesting that Tesla’s offering is too expensive to be used as a fleet car. At the time however, it seemed as if Yegiyan was also pointing out that the infrastructure wasn’t good enough to employ EVs in LAPD’s fleet, but that’s clearly not the case now.
The BMW i3 will serve as the department’s non-emergency fleet vehicles and will be used throughout the department as transportation vehicles for officers and in community outreach initiatives.
The price of the vehicle likely swayed the decision as well, considering the BMW i3 is almost half the price of a Model S.
“The attributes of the BMW i3 position it to excel as the ideal vehicle for municipal organizations. The performance and technical capabilities, such as the BMW i3 ‘s acceleration, and its ConnectedDrive integration, are perfectly suited to transform the future mobility of the Los Angeles Police Department while also reducing their carbon footprint,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America.
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