World’s First BMW i3 Police Car?

3 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 11

BMW i3 Police Car

BMW i3 Police Car

The police department in Geneva, Switzerland will be the first law enforcement agency to use the BMW i3 as a police car.

The BMW i3 Police Car will replace this month the BMW X3 Authority Vehicle.

With a population of less than 200,000 people and an area of 5.93 km2 (6.15 sq mi), Geneva is the perfect small city to use the megacity – see what I did here? – as a highly efficient police vehicle.

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Without a doubt, other European cities will follow so the BMW i3 might have a new use for itself.

The i3â€ēs electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons.

The US EPA says the i3 has a range of 81 miles with a combined MPGe of 124 (138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway).

BMW i3 Police Car

BMW i3 Police Car

Photos via Danilo Bertocchi

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11 responses to "World’s First BMW i3 Police Car?"

  1. bibig71 says:

    It’s strange, the car have the logo of the national train company not the Geneva police.

    1. White Leaf says:

      The car is also registered in Berne and not in Geneva.

  2. ClarksonCote says:

    Is the aspect ratio of that last BMW i3 photo squished? In that pic the i3 doesn’t look as tall as in real life.

    1. Spec9 says:

      Yeah, something looks funny. But the i3 looks much better in that pic than in reality.

  3. Ben says:

    Watch out baddies!…. Oh wait you have a full tank of gas dang it….

    1. Mikael says:

      *lol*… the police is almost never doing any car chases.
      And when they do it’s not like they chase people for 100 miles. And if they would do that then you can be sure that there are plenty of other police cars and a chopper or so chasing that car too. 😛

    2. io says:

      *lol* x2. Someone else made almost the same comment on a previous story about… well, an actual police EV (not the railway police, whatever that is, like seems the case here).
      http://insideevs.com/nissan-leaf-adopted-by-law-enforcement-in-switzerland/

      Anyway, from Geneva, within a dozen km you’ll be in France.
      http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=10/46.18/6.14
      (First note the thick line; it’s not the city limit, it’s the border. Then look at the scale…)

  4. Stimpacker says:

    Is that a CCS L3 station next to a Tesla Supercharger bay? That’s a good idea – wish they’d do that here in USA. Right now, only Tesla builds L3 stations off freeways in CA.

    1. Tom says:

      Yes, it is the Evite Charging station at Egerkingen which is right next to the Tesla Supercharger in Egerkingen. Both stations are built by the utilites company Alpiq.

      http://www.swiss-emobility.ch/home/evite/evite-egerkingen.html

  5. Spec9 says:

    Sure . . . why not?

    There is something about that picture of the two cars that make them look shorter. Ah . . . I’m not the only one, ClarksonCote also noticed it. I don’t know if it is the angle or some manipulation.

  6. Keith Loving says:

    Normally, when a license plate is included in the photograph, someone would block the plate out so that it couldn’t be read. Everything seems fishy.