Bulletproof Tesla Model S
Back in September, the Los Angeles Police Department was loaned a Tesla Model S for testing and research. Unfortunately for Tesla, the LAPD also got a BMW i3 to check out, and ultimately signed a contract with BMW for 100 of the i3’s.
Perhaps if the Model S test car had been bulletproof, Tesla may have won the bid. No worries, now anyone can order an armored Tesla Model S . . . that is anyone with a big pocketbook.
International Armoring is offering a bulletproof Tesla Model S. The car is said to be able to withstand any attack and the armoring doesn’t take away its sporty look. The company offers the armored vehicle in multiple trims including the infamous P90D.
International Armoring uses a signature “Armormax” lighweight protective armor with a luxury finish. Being that the all-electric vehicle has one of the best ranges in the market today, the extra weight would likely still keep it in a range category above the competition.
There is no pricing on the website. Interested parties must fill out an online form and then will be directly contacted by the company. One can only imagine the hefty sticker for the vehicle. It’s not as if the Tesla Model S P90D is in the “low-income” bracket in the first place. Add the armor and luxury finish and buyers are surely looking at a healthy investment.
I guess if you are a wealthy person that lives in an ‘war-torn’ or dangerous area, it makes perfect sense to spend the extra money. Otherwise, law enforcement or military could surely benefit while playing into environmental friendliness (which should be a priority for government institutions). Hopefully, other police departments will consider electric vehicles like the Model S for future fleets.