LAPD Orders 100 BMW i3 BEVs

JUN 9 2016 BY MARK KANE 25

Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, and and LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck, let, pose inside one of the Los Angeles Police Department's newly unveiled transportation fleet of 100 all-electric BMW i3 vehicles in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 8, 2016. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast US

Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, and and LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck, let, pose inside one of the Los Angeles Police Department’s newly unveiled transportation fleet of 100 all-electric BMW i3 vehicles in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 8, 2016. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast US

BMW of North America has won a bid to supply 100 i3 BEVs to the Los Angeles Police Department.

With an all-electric range of some 81 miles (EPA), the i3 will be used only as non-emergency fleet vehicles – we assume the LAPD got cut a pretty nice deal with the new, longer range (114 mile/33 kWh) i3 out this fall.

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.

BMW i3s will be delivered with 100 Greenlots’s Level 2 charging stations and four DC fast chargers.

“This announcement comes after a field trial during which a BMW i3 was evaluated alongside other EVs on the streets of Los Angeles as part of the LAPD’s every day fleet. Ultimately, the BMW i3 was selected due to a combination of EPA rated best-in-class efficiency, reliability and state-of-the-art ConnectedDrive services, which can be used to support fleet management applications. BMW’s extensive knowledge of charging infrastructure and the availability of a large network of BMW i centers for servicing the fleet in a convenient and cost effective way also played into the decision.”

“The BMW i3 police cars began hitting the streets of Los Angeles this spring badged with an LAPD insignia. As the department’s non-emergency fleet vehicles, the BMW i3s will be used throughout the department as transportation vehicles for officers and in community outreach initiatives.

BMW’s software data system will integrate with the LAPD’s fleet management system which will allow the department to electronically receive critical vehicle data needed to effectively maintain their fleet.  BMW is also designing a web tool that will allow the department to track their fleet in near real-time, contributing to improved deployment, utilization, and the efficient charging of their fleet of BMW i3s.”

Los Angeles Police Department's newly unveiled transportation fleet of 100 fully-electric BMW i3 vehicles are seen in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast US

Los Angeles Police Department’s newly unveiled transportation fleet of 100 fully-electric BMW i3 vehicles are seen in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast US

Mayor Eric Garcetti said:

“We should be thinking green in everything we do — and these new EVs show how local government can lead. Our sustainability plan pushes L.A. to speed adoption of greener practices and technologies, which also save money and resources.”

Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America said:

“The attributes of the BMW i3 position it to excel as the ideal vehicle for municipal organizations. The performance and technical capabilities, such as the BMW i3 ‘s acceleration, and its ConnectedDrive integration, are perfectly suited to transform the future mobility of the Los Angeles Police Department while also reducing their carbon footprint.”

Los Angeles Police Department's newly unveiled transportation fleet of 100 fully-electric BMW i3 vehicles are seen in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast US

Los Angeles Police Department’s newly unveiled transportation fleet of 100 fully-electric BMW i3 vehicles are seen in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast US

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25 Comments on "LAPD Orders 100 BMW i3 BEVs"

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MDEV

For sure it was a sweet deal, I guess the inventory of i3 is huge.

ClarksonCote

They should’ve waited a few months for the Bolt…

Benjamin

LOL. Ok so in case of high speed pursuit, I can outrun the LA popo after 65 miles or so?

Three Electrics

I suppose if LA didn’t have thousands of police cruisers, helicopters, and radios, yes.

suresh

5mill wasted? they could have got bolts from chevy.

beta995

No. Those are built yet.

vdiv

“Dude, which one of these is my car?” 😉

David Murray

And then?????

Cerio

😀

But seriously, it doesn’t matter, since BMW threw in two hundreds of those “one-fits-all” keys! In the end … it’s the police! 😉

bro1999

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-lapd-chooses-bmw-20160608-snap-story.html

“Vartan Yegiyan, who oversees the LAPD’s motor transport division, said the BMWs would be leased for $387 a month. A three-year lease for 100 cars will total about $1.4 million, including maintenance and repairs, he said.”

Does this Vartan Yegiyan guy know that he could have leased 100 Spark EVs for a fraction of the price?

Sure, but the i3 was available in black and white ‘stormtrooper trim’.

vdiv

Ha! More than a coincidence then! Very nice! 🙂

ffbj

Funny.

Speculawyer

I hope they got a really good deal. I think that is a bad choice of vehicle but at least it is an EV.

The Model S is just too expensive for a police department.

Dan

The i3 is the perfect vehicle for a detective making frequent stops in an urban setting. The Tesla S would be like the dinosaur, stuck trying to make a 10 point turn in a back alley.

Absolutely, this is one of the most maneuverable vehicles around in a city setting. And it is much faster than any golf cart type car out there.

Taser54

BMWs for meter maids?

Paul

I thought BMW was being sued due to the human factors it creates when the extended range model goes into limp or battery save mode , slowing the car to dangerously slow speeds in traffic?? And LA bought how many?
Volt, Bolt, Leaf, would be a better choice.

Tonic

They bought 0 Rex. Actually bought 0 BEV. They leased 100 i3 BEV.

Bloggin

80 miles should do fine for parking enforcement officers throughout LA county.

Lots of slow going and stop and go all day long.

The gas savings could just about cover the lease payment per vehicle. Then deduct the ICE maintenance.

Didn’t meter maids used to drive a version of a golf cart years ago??

acevolt

Its seems like the longer range Leaf would have been cheaper, had more range and normal rear doors. This seems like an odd decision. The new Volt would have also been cheaper and more flexible.

3laine

It seems LA will be getting the updated i3 with 114 miles of range, more than any leaf and double the Volt.

3laine

Hmm, this article makes it seem otherwise. Must have been the GCR article that made it sound that way.

vdiv

Wonder what BMW plans on doing with the cars after the lease is over. A DriveNow program perhaps?

The i3 also excels in efficiency under hard city driving conditions. More so than highway efficiency. Relatively speaking. Perhaps due to the light weight and low rolling resistance at speeds in which aerodynamics isnt high priority.