Police Chief for the City of Seaside, California, Abdul D Pridgen announced via Twitter that his PD is "Going green!" It seems that he was really genuinely happy and excited about this news. The council approved the purchase of two environmentally friendly Models, Y and three Ford Interceptor Hybrids. He noted that when evaluating five years of use, Tesla cars are cheaper than gasoline-powered cars. In addition to the taxpayer money saved, Tesla vehicles will not emit 11,000 pounds of CO2 per year!
Going green! Council approved the purchase of 5 environmentally friendly patrol cars: 2 @Tesla Model Ys and 3 @Ford Interceptor Hybrids. The Tesla’s are less expensive than gas-powered cars over a 5-yr period & won’t emit 11,000 lbs of CO2/yr! #Leadership #GoingGreen pic.twitter.com/96jrUwzptZ— Chief Abdul D Pridgen (@AbdulPridgen) February 5, 2021
“There aren’t very many departments that are deploying electric vehicles and we wanted to be at the forefront of the movement to be more environmentally conscious,” said Pridgen.
During a meeting of the Seaside City Council on the evening of February 4, a resolution was passed that allowed the police department to purchase two Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD vehicles. Taking into account the configurator settings—buying black paint and 20-inch Induction Wheels—each car cost $51,490. Also, for the needs of the police department, two Tesla Wall Connectors were purchased for a total of $1,000.
In total, Seaside PD spent $354,000 on five vehicles and refurbishment costs. The funds are coming from the police department’s supplemental law enforcement and asset forfeiture monies.
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