Fremont Police To Deploy Tesla Model S Patrol Car


While the Fremont Police Dept. has adopted some F-150s, its new Tesla Model S patrol car is sure to make an impact.

We’ve said all along that government agencies should be racing to buy EVs for an abundance of reasons. They’re fast, reliable, cheap to fuel, and environmentally friendly. With the current U.S. administration in place, we doubt this will become a real trend, at least for now. Nonetheless, we’ve seen and shared several instances in which municipal organizations across the globe have added electric vehicles to their arsenal. Now, long after we anticipated, the Fremont Police Department has adopted a Tesla Model S.

The Fremont Police Department was smart in terms of its budget. It didn’t pony up the big bucks for a brand-new Tesla. Instead, it took ownership of a 2014 Tesla Model S. This is partly due to the fact that it also plans to spend extra on several necessary upgrades. In the end, the used Model S, plus its upgrades will cost the agency about $65,000. According to SFGate, the department plans to add “a partition cage, sirens and lights, push bumper, ballistic barriers, equipment console and more.”

A recent press release quoted Fremont Police Captain Sean Washington. He said that this new acquisition is just one of many upcoming Fremont initiatives to adopt and utilize clean energy. He shared (via SFGate):

Given that Fremont Police vehicle fleet is responsible for a total of 980 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, this program has the potential to eliminate 10 percent of all municipal greenhouse gas emissions.

In Comparison

Fremont PD’s Ford Explorers ($32,365 base MSRP) cost about $40k to modify. On top of that, the department spends as much as $32,000 to gas them up over five years. Moreover, maintenance adds some $15,000 over that course of time. Crunching these numbers strongly suggests that a used Tesla will be less of a financial burden overall. On top this, even when buying a Tesla used, the department assumes the EV will have a longer active lifespan than that of most traditional ICE vehicles.

Hopefully, the used Model S will work out well for the agency, and Fremont, as well as other police departments will move forward with similar investments. This only makes sense since the city of Fremont intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 25 percent by 2020, as compared to its initial study of emissions in 2005.

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“With the current U.S. administration in place, we doubt this will become a real trend, at least for now. ”

Last time I checked, The occupants of the white house had very little to do with how state and local police departments spend their budgets.
Leave the unnecessary politics out.

The real issue is this.
EV’s are new tech. These departments rely on their vehicles to save lives.
They are not going to be early adopters, nor should they be.

Agreed. A safer way for municipalities to adopt them is using LEAFs and the like for non-emergency vehicles. This will confirm the benefits to the cities pocketbook and allow employees to acclimate while removing a majority of ICE vehicles from city use.

“The real issue is this.EV’s are new tech”

Back in 2008 or possibly as late as 2014 I might have agreed with you but in Fremont Tesla’ MS has been proven for years. They may be considered new tech in your neck of the woods but not in Cali.

When the screen in my Model 3 stops glitching, and the AP cameras work 100% of the time, I’ll agree.
For now, it’s still got that new tech smell.
i still love it, but I don’t think it’s ready for life saving duty.

Hopefully the Tesla MS gets plenty of on duty use, because the $10 million fleet, of under utilized BMW i3’s, that the LAPD has appropriated, are undergoing an on going alleged mani-pedi corruption investigation.

I was really disappointed when I saw the news a year ago. Hope the i3 fleet get used more since.

Funny thing is, that the CBS’s top 2018 investigation yet I can’t find any followup despite it being a year later…

Not so sure about the long life in a patrol vehicle. The Tesla is not rated for curb impact and collision protection like the conventional police spec vehicles. And even with the special durable interior materials manufacturers put in their police packages, it still looks shabby and disgusting after 140k or so.

But probably would last longer in detective or supervisor service.

Most of the police cars are used for patrol, giving out tickets, and park nearby donuts shops. A huge amount of time is parked idling and burning gas. Not that many police cars will end up on news chasing cars and doing pit maneuver

Hang in there William, the future of police vehicles is arriving this summer from Ford:


Pulling from nearly 70 years of expertise working alongside law-enforcement professionals, Ford presents its next-generation Police Interceptor Utility as the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police SUV. It provides police agencies with improved power and performance, with no trade-offs when it comes to safety or interior passenger/cargo space when compared to the previous-generation vehicle. It’s smart for community budgets, too – with significant potential fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions, potentially fewer fill-ups and less downtime to keep both vehicles and officers on the road.

But they all have to be able to…..

It is going to be a Supercharger hog! =)

Maybe they can put superchargers in dangerous neighborhoods along with a donut shop. I see many Maven Bolt drivers hanging out at DCFC until a call, it’d be interesting if cops do the same in dangerous areas. I might have to rethink free charging…

Not so sure a used 2014 Model S will really have less maintenance than a brand new explorer…A common problem to the S is a door handle failure and while some DIY repairs may fix certain problems, if you go to Tesla for service, it’s $1200 a handle…

Easily outlast an explorer. Most police vehicles retire early because they put more wear on an engine idling it than driving it. So gas cars lifespan for patrol use is decreased by 2.5X.

Police also have their own mechanics in-house. So they can fix most minor issues.

I just replaced my pivot gear when the door handle failed to extend. Total cost of new pivot gear from Tesla was $1.18. The police maintenance department can easily Hände that.

This is very interesting. It places the model S in a hard use scenario where many aspects of the vehicle are tested in the real world.


A lot of people will want to watch this closely.

Thank you for the excellent article

One plus is that the police won’t be passing out from exhaust fumes leaking into the cabin.

As William L mentioned, what ruffles me most is the amount of time a police cruiser is left idling. While at a call, while writing a ticket, any time the officer wants to sit in the vehicle and run the A/C. I’d bet the number of engine hours spent idling is equal to that spend actually driving. EVs get rid of all of that.