Georgia Power Donates Nissan LEAF to Atlanta Police

APR 1 2014 BY MARK KANE 15

Nissan LEAF donated to the Atlanta Police Foundation by Georgia Power

Nissan LEAF donated to the Atlanta Police Foundation by Georgia Power

Georgia Power recently announced the donation of an all-electric 2013 Nissan LEAF to the Atlanta Police Foundation. The special event was held at Washington Park in southwest Atlanta.

“The car, fully-equipped with police graphics, emergency lights, speakers and sirens, will be used by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) Path Force Unit to provide public safety for the Atlanta BeltLine, its surrounding parks and neighborhoods. Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, presented the keys to Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Foundation, and Police Chief George N. Turner at the event. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also attended the ceremony and provided an update on the city’s sustainability initiatives and the Atlanta BeltLine project.”

According to the press release, the Atlanta BeltLine is one of the largest urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. There will be network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit option,s which ultimately will connect 45 neighborhoods circling downtown Atlanta, so lots of work ahead for the LEAF.

Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power stated:

“This donation is part of our continued commitment to the Atlanta community, including supporting law enforcement and contributing to the city’s sustainability. The presence of electric vehicles on Georgia roadways is growing daily and we hope that an all-electric patrol car will build awareness of electric transportation technology and demonstrate the capability of PEVs in public safety.”

Atlanta is one of the major markets for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in U.S.

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I hope there’s much more of this. Any police detail with lots of time idling could save a lot of gasoline by using a PHEV or EV.

It’s a PoLeaf!

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Too bad a nice dark blue wasn’t available when I bought mine. (although this appears to be a wrap)

How can you tell it is a wrap?

David, It is impossible to be sure from a photo but we do enough full wraps for events that I believe it is. When the graphics (stripes and lettering) look as seemless at the edges as these do it’s a good indicator they are printed on the base color.

I’ve always thought an EV like he Leaf would make a fabulous patrol vehicle, just because it’s so quiet. Pursuits usually involve more than one patrol car anyhow, so the gas cars could do the long distance pursuits. Nissan should make a Leaf with about a 250 mile range, no low speed sound, and L3 charging for police departments.

In other words, a Model S?

A lot of times the cops drive to a area were they know the criminals like to steal stuff and sneak up on them. Such as if you had a leaf that had no sound making abilities on it could get really fun with no motor lose to spook the thugs.

the volt would be the perfect police car, patrol on ~40 miles of electric and then for pursuits or whatever 300 miles of gas

So, they can just outrun the Police LEAF by driving faster than 95mph. That is easily done in Georgia’s famous I-285… (NOT in rush hour).

I think this car would be good for parking enforcement in that to me is what this car is built for.

An EV would be great for parking lot patrol duty, and have a quick charger at the lunch/break spot to recharge.

But I am thinking with Ford’s ties with the police departments, it would be a Focus Electric on duty.

And the police declined