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 i3′s 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).

Photos via Danilo Bertocchi

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