I drove an i3...
After 100yrds I wanted one...
After 50miles I *really* wanted one!
Great little car, great tech - Talking to our Fleet Mgr, I see the future.... pic.twitter.com/viyeUTKHMA
— Supt Phil Vickers (@SuptPhilVickers) December 22, 2017
It'd be better than a diesel Astra.
BMW's i3 electric car could soon find its way on to the fleets of police forces across the United Kingdom.
EVs currently aren't a mainstay in most British police service fleets, but as plug-in vehicles slowly become more and more mainstream, it is only inevitable that law enforcement looks to adopting the technology too.Lincolnshire Police superintendent Phil Vickers recently tested a range-extender version of the i3 and was pleased with what he saw.
'I drove an i3 – after 100 yards I wanted one,' Vickers posted on Twitter. 'After 50 miles I really wanted one! Great little car, great tech — talking to our fleet manager. I see the future'
Supt Vickers said that the i3 would be ideal for 'Neighbourhood team, CID, possibly urban response', but admitted that the car would only be suitable for a daytime role.
'It’d be a great car for me personally, but currently just suited to our 12-hour roles where it can charge overnight,' he said. 'No real 24/7 policing solution from EVs yet.'
The i3 starts at just short of £30,000, so it isn't cheap, but given the relatively young age of electric car technology, its 114 miles range (EPA) is good enough, for now.
If range anxiety is still a thing, there's always the range extender option (REx) – as tried by Supt Vickers – which adds a small electric generator that tops up the battery. Power comes from a 33kWh battery pack that powers the rear wheels only, so it even drives like a 'traditional' BMW, despite being cherry picked right from the future.
Lincolnshire Police currently has a small number of Nissan Leaf EVs in its fleet, but could the futuristic i3 be joining it?