Bulletproof Tesla Model S

JUL 3 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 12

Armored Tesla Model S

Armored 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.

Armored Tesla Model S

Armored Tesla Model 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.

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I usually don’t complain about these things, but this one is really bugging me, there is enough misinformation out there. “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.” I’m not sure why you would try to connect a post about bulletproof aftermarket option to the LAPD (I don’t think their regular cruises get this treatment), but on top of that, Tesla didn’t lose out. The i3 was selected for local patrol, while the Model S is being evaluated in the high speed pursuit category. “LAPD began tests of BMW i3, i8 and Tesla Model S last year and Tesla still has the chance to become a selected high-speed pursuit vehicle.” http://insideevs.com/lapd-now-testing-tesla-model-s-as-high-speed-pursuit-vehicle/ “Unfortunately”, the first 2 paragraphs make it look like you’re just trying to create more backlinks for SEO purposes, and takes away from an otherwise interesting post. Now to make this post more interesting, here are some interesting features that should have been included in this post: * All opaque material surrounding passenger area… Read more »

Thank you. I felt the same way.

I agree mate!?

3.1 instead of 2.8 is possible because extra weight is a burden but also a bonus for tire grip.

Well put

“The company offers the armored vehicle in multiple trims including the infamous P90D.”

Did I miss something? Why is the P90D option “infamous”?

I was thinking the same thing, I think a lot of people misuse the word; thinking it’s the opposite of what it means. Regardless, the added weight will diminish range quite a bit. Teslas aren’t really suited well for cops imo:
– Routine driving for an 8 hour shift would not leave a lot of extra room
– Traffic cops would run down the battery with enviro on all the time and quick accelerating to catchup on speedsters will do even more so
It’s a great sedan, just not worth it money or application wise for police departments.

I wondered at that also. Was author Steven Loveday referring to Tesla overstating the horsepower of the P85D and the P90D?

If so, that’s a bit odd, as it’s the P85D which caused a bit of a short-term tempest-in-a-teacup controversy; the P90D much less so, at least according to this article:

http://autoweek.com/article/green-cars/tesla-pay-fine-overstating-horsepower-figures

But it looks to me like Steven Loveday is projecting his own obsession with the intimate details of EVs onto the public at large. (To be fair, I’m obsessed with EVs, too. But I don’t make the mistake of thinking Joe Average knows that much about them.)

On the other hand, perhaps Steven was just being “all ironical”* in referring to the P90D as “infamous”.

*My inner Grammar Nazi objects to that! 😉

Yep, full-on unmarked/under cover mode with armor – it gets into an impromptu ‘fire fight’ and Which car are the bad guys gonna target.. oops, it’s bulletproof.
talk about more cowbell, lol, SWAT purchasing gotta’ be havin’ major lust – makes me think of the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle.

“There is no pricing on the website… One can only imagine the hefty sticker for the vehicle…. Add the armor and luxury finish and buyers are surely looking at a healthy investment.”

As they say: “If you have to ask the price, then you can’t afford it.”

And as a reminder: A car is never an investment. It’s an expense.

“A car is never an investment.” My inner accuracy nazi says you should have used “rarely” instead of “never” 🙂

I could have used that option at an inner city Telecommunications building I worked at. There were 2 fatal shootings right next door and a few more a block or two away.
Run flat tires would be great too.