Victoria Police’s Road Policing Command (Australia) this month introduced its first all-electric car into its operational fleet - the Tesla Model X Long Range. We must admit it looks very futuristic.

The car was retrofitted with all the stuff needed for highway patrol operational duties.

"Victoria Police has taken the first steps in what could be the biggest development in police vehicles since their introduction almost 100 years ago, becoming one of the first jurisdictions in the world to put an all-electric vehicle into its operational fleet."

The one-off purchase of a Model X is quite costly compared to ordinary police vehicles, but Victoria Police treats it as a feasibility study.

In the future, the police could decide to electrify a big part of almost all of its 3,300 vehicles.

"The one-off procurement has allowed Victoria Police to undertake a research and development project on the vehicle.

This project will see Victoria Police work with Tesla engineers, emergency equipment manufacturers, the department’s vehicle installation contractor and Victoria Police’s IT and communications technicians in fitting equipment and integrating police software into the vehicle’s on-board system.

The vehicle will be a fully fitted and functioning Highway Patrol vehicle and will be trialled across various regions in consultation with the Road Policing Command"

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said:

“This vehicle is unlike any other Victoria Police has ever had in its fleet and could well be the future of road policing in this state, country and the world,”.

“Our Highway Patrol cars are equipped with cutting edge technology and this car gives us the opportunity to investigate having these technologies in a fully integrated in-car system which has the potential of streamlining the road policing effort.

“There is also a great environmental benefit to electric vehicles and considering our State Highway Patrol vehicles travel thousands of kilometres on the road per year, we should always be looking at ways we can lessen our impact on the environment.”

AC Leane said the vehicle will undergo constant assessment while in operation to further determine its suitability for road policing duties.

“It is important to remember this is a concept vehicle for Victoria Police and we acknowledge that it will produce a number of unique circumstances and will continue to evolve as police software is integrated,” he said.

“Vehicles are obviously critical to the work we do as they represent the mobile office for many of our frontline police and projects such as these mean that when the switch does inevitably happen, our job of keeping Victorians safe will not be compromised.”

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