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Tesla Model Y entered the service of the police in Langford, B.C., Canada. The vehicle will help save thousands of dollars in charging and maintenance costs and reduce the RCMP's carbon footprint.
This week, the RCMP unveiled its first Tesla Model Y electric vehicle. It has been equipped to police standards and will be used by frontline officers to respond to duty calls. The West Shore RCMP requested the vehicle last year as part of a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and comply with the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, as said in a press release.
“This is the first ever fully-electric RCMP police vehicle and we’re proud to be piloting it here in the West Shore detachment,” said Todd Preston, Superintendent in Charge of the West Shore RCMP. The location and mild winter weather make conditions ideal for testing. Later this year, the RCMP is also expected to test the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford F-150 electric vehicles. EV performance testing at BC's West Coast division will help determine how and where EVs are best suited to expand the existing RCMP fleet.
“The West Shore RCMP provides 24-hour policing, so our vehicles are in constant use,” said Superintendent Preston. In 2020, an average West Shore general purpose police vehicle required approximately CAD$11,100 in fuel and maintenance costs. Since then, costs have risen even more, due to soaring fuel prices and inflation. The RCMP expects that the cost of charging and maintaining an electric vehicle will be significantly lower than the cost of maintaining a gas-powered vehicle. In addition, the use of electric vehicles has a positive impact on the environment.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.