Photo: Todd Bertram
The Bargersville, Indiana, Police Department is expanding its fleet of Tesla electric vehicles. To the already existing seven, two more will be added next month. The police claim they are getting huge money savings since electricity is much cheaper than gas.
The Bargersville, Indiana, Police Department continues to enjoy using their Tesla vehicles. Since the price of gas is skyrocketing, an electric car is the best solution for being used as a police car. The police department is confident that they made the only right decision when they decided to purchase Tesla cars. “I think it has been a great investment for us so far,” officer Jeremy Roll said, according to Fox59 (via Drive Tesla).
The Bargersville PD became the first Indiana police department with a Tesla electric car and the first PD in the country with a Tesla Model 3 when it purchased the vehicle in 2019. The primary motivation for the purchase was the savings. Bargersville Police Chief Todd Bertram said in 2020:
“Two big things that we were looking at when shopping for cars were obviously cost and performance. Many times when you get a car that is in our cost price range, you sacrifice performance. With Tesla, the performance is better than the cars we are currently driving. It's amazing, it's smooth, it's powerful, it handles great.”
The department currently has seven Tesla vehicles, which is the best demonstration that they are the best choice for police officers. Receiving a number of benefits, PD decided to buy even more. According to the information, it has already ordered and will receive two more new Tesla vehicles next month to join its fleet. “At that time we estimated gas prices would be about $2.70 by the time we got it,” Roll said. With gas prices now nearly double the forecast, the investment has more than paid off, he added.
The officer said that the cost of maintaining one Tesla car per month is $60 (sixty). For a broader understanding of the situation, he also talked about the cost of maintaining a gasoline car. Roll said PD spends $550 per month on a gasoline car. Obviously, there are huge savings here. “Being that we have these now, the decision to put us in those vehicles turns out to be a really good one,” he said. “It's come out to save us and the taxpayers a lot more money than what we had originally anticipated,” added Roll.
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