Photo: City of Cotati
Tesla Model Y was introduced to serve as a patrol car of Cotati PD, California. The car will provide savings on fuel and maintenance, as well as reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
Last week, the city of Cotati unveiled the police department's new electric patrol car, which is touted as the first in Sonoma County, according to The Press Democrat. Tesla Model Y was chosen for this important mission and debuted during a ceremony in La Plaza Park. The car will save citizens money and also help reduce emissions. Authorities stressed that the department will continue to purchase electric vehicles in the future.
“This vehicle will be more cost-effective, saving our citizens money while at the same time helping reduce emissions — something we all recognize we need to do,” Cotati Mayor Mark Landman said.
Cotati became the second Bay Area Police Department, after Fremont, to include an electric vehicle in its fleet. As older models are phased out, the PD intends to replace them with electric vehicles. At the moment, it is known that two more electric vehicles will be purchased this fiscal year.
“We would like to be 100% electric vehicle,” Cotati Police Chief Michael Parish said during the presentation.
The Tesla Model Y, which arrived at the service, is already fully equipped and in use. “It does everything you need a patrol car to do,” the chief added.
Officials acknowledge that the cost of the Tesla vehicle is higher than that of its gasoline counterparts, however the difference in the costs of refueling and maintenance is dramatically lower. An electric car does not require smog checks, oil changes, tuning or other engine-related work, and brake changes are less common.
Landman challenged other Sonoma County law enforcement agencies to follow Cotati's lead and begin to electrify their fleets. “Once Sonoma County makes this switch, we can make the same friendly challenge to Mendocino and Marin and, once that happens, we can all together watch this take off like a rocket throughout our state,” Landman said.
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