PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Tesla is souping up its Model S to meet the demands of police work.
The Palo Alto-based electric automaker is working with the Los Angeles Police Department to retrofit a Model S P85D with police equipment.READ MORE: Elderly Asian Woman Stabbing Attack Triggers Blame Game Between San Francisco DA, Police Officers Assn
The collaboration is part of an effort to convert the city’s entire fleet from fuel to electric. Outages would be a major concern, but the LAPD as decided to move forward with the Model S retrofit.READ MORE: Snakes by the Planes: Endangered San Francisco Species Found Thriving in Wetlands at SFO
For several months, the department has been testing non-equipped Teslas. It will use the new souped up version “to benchmark electric vehicles as potential patrol vehicles,” according to Electrek.
LAPD already has a fleet of 100 BMW i3 electric cars. They are only used to transport police personnel, not patrols.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: PG&E Avoids Rotating Outages Thursday Night as Bay Area Cooks in Record Heat Wave
Tesla’s Model 2 P85 D Ludicrous would be better suited to meet the high-speed demands of police cruisers. It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds and has a range of 250 miles. The $100,000 price tag may be an issue, but that could be offset by future savings on gas and maintenance.