Tesla Police Car Battery Dies Mid-Pursuit

The Fremont Police Department's Tesla police car recently ran out of juice in the middle of a police chase.

Fremont, CA – Somebody failed to fully charge the Fremont Police Department’s Tesla at the end of a shift and the car died during a police chase.

Officials said the electric police car ran out of juice as an officer was pursuing a vehicle headed to South Bay, KPIX reported.

“Just slowed down to six miles of battery on the Tesla, so I may lose it here in a sec,” the officer said over the police radio. “If someone else is able, can they maneuver into the number one spot?”

Other police cars took over the lead in the pursuit, which was later called off because it had become unsafe.

The suspect’s vehicle was later found abandoned in San Jose, according to KPIX.

“The Tesla wasn’t fully charged at the beginning of the shift,” a spokesman for the Fremont Police Department said. “This unfortunately happens from time to time even in our vehicles that run on gas, if they aren’t re-fueled at the end of a shift.”

The Fremont Police Department put the used, 2014 Model S Tesla on the streets earlier this year as part of a pilot program for an emissions-free fleet, KPIX reported.

The department paid $61,478 for the cutting-edge electric vehicle that was manufactured at a plant in Fremont.

The Tesla replaced a 2007 Dodge Charger that was taken out of commission, according to KPIX.

“This is not a trophy vehicle,” the police department said on its website. “After the testing phase and performance evaluation, we aim to add more in the future.”

The city of Fremont, which is trying to reduce greenhouse gases by 25 percent by 2020, began researching in 2017 whether it was possible for the police department to have a fleet of zero-emission vehicles, KPIX reported.

The city estimated that it cost of gas over a five-year period was $32,000 for a Ford Explorer patrol car and said the Tesla would eliminate the cost of gas.

However, the city offered no information regarding the cost of power to charge the planned Tesla fleet or the greenhouse emissions associated with generating that electricity.

Comments (19)
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flybynight
flybynight

Gonna need a really long extension cord!!!!

Medic*44
Medic*44

Thank God producing electricity causes no pollution.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Why the heck are police departments buying Teslas? They must have money to burn.

Suspect got away too.

Police departments need to focus on acquiring the best value equipment that helps them achieve their goal of enforcing the law, not some feel-good technology for the sake of political correctness. What is next, fuzzy handcuffs or environmentally-friendly bullets?

The department paid $61,478 for the cutting-edge electric vehicle that was manufactured at a plant in Fremont.... The city estimated that it cost of gas over a five-year period was $32,000 for a Ford Explorer patrol car and said the Tesla would eliminate the cost of gas.

Um, it's a good thing electricity is free for everyone in California, eh? I don't believe for a second that there is any savings, and it's clearly got a significant cost to public safety.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Wow. This is who I'm supposed to trust my safety to.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

California makes the rest of the world look sane. What a joke. Maybe they should put a solar panels on top of the Tesla for longer duty cycles.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Knocking off from an unsafe chase a bit early seems like a good thing.

Musicray
Musicray

Ha!!!

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Why don't they just strap a Generator to the roof?

skeeter
skeeter

I can't believe they are using electric cars in the first place.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

You can always refuel a vehicle, charging it up takes far longer and most Police Depts. work 3 shifts so when........when are they supposed to charge it? I can just see it trying to make it up a hill in an electric car "I think I can, I think I can, Oh oh, backwards I go, I didn't"

qazwiz
qazwiz

i can see maybe using a hybrid car but when you need pursuit speed, electric don't make it