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Tesla Model Y rolls out onto the streets of Menlo Park as the patrol cars of the Police Department. The vehicles were received in May and fitted with police equipment as required.
Last week, the Menlo Park Police Department (MPPD) began using its two Tesla Model Ys for constant patrols, MA Chronicle reports (via Drive Tesla). The cars are part of a pilot program to use electric vehicles (EVs) as patrol vehicles. They were received at the end of May and were met with positive sentiment from the police. “We want to lead the charge, we know this is important for us,” Menlo Park Police Chief Dave Norris told then.
The delivered Model Ys will mainly be used to test the viability of electric vehicles in police operations. Ori Paz, who works for the City of Menlo Park's Sustainability Department, said, “The Teslas are a stepping stone. We’re working with our partners in the police department to get the officers more familiar and comfortable with electric vehicles. It gives us an opportunity to learn from them whether or not these vehicles are doing what they need them to do, and how we can invest in infrastructure for charging and other things in the future.”
Paz also added that the department chose Tesla vehicles because they had the highest mileage and were the largest electric vehicles available. The use of these vehicles helps reduce the city's carbon footprint. “Because of our partnership with Peninsula Clean Energy, our electricity is all renewable, so if you can get the vehicles operating on electricity, then you can cut out a large amount of emissions there,” Paz said.
“This will help us accomplish goal number five of our Climate Action Plan, which is to eliminate fossil fuel use for 90% of city operations by 2030. The fleet makes up 25% of our total emissions, and the patrol vehicles are 45% of that, so it's a really big chunk of our emissions profile,” he added.
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