On Monday the Victorian police unveiled the latest vehicle to enter its highway patrol fleet - a Tesla Model X.
In addition to being the first electric vehicle to be entered into service for the fuzz, it's also the fastest. The regular Model X can punch 0/100km/h in 4.9-seconds, making it a pretty solid choice for the highway patrol.
One of the key advantages of electric vehicles is not having to pay for petrol. This was particularly great for Tesla owners when charging stations were still free. But for those who primarily charge at home on a daily basis, does it really work out cheaper? Tesla recently crunched the numbers against the Model X 75D.
Inspector Stuart Bailey is one of the first to take the Model X for a spin and told the Herald Sun that "Its performance is exceeding our other highway patrol cars."
We're guessing that the price tag has, too. A regular Model X costs between $116,000 and $141,000, depending on how it's specced out.
Performance versions are more expensive again and can smash out 0-100km/h in a mere 2.9 seconds.
The Victorian police tend to rely on Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons for its fleet, which are substantially cheaper. But hey, at the least Falcon Wings on the Model X keep it on brand.
The force is also looking to make use of the internal tech of its shiny new Tesla, with technicians reportedly looking to inject the Victorian Police's data and communication systems into the car's giant 17-inch display screen.
At the present time the Model X will on patrol around Wangaratta, La Trobe, Dandenong, Casey and Baw Baw.
Tesla vehicles are also used in police forces throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Maybe now that a state police department is rocking a Tesla the Coalition could do something about some government incentives and more chargers? No? Anyone? Bueller?
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