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Tesla Model Y entered the service of the police in Langford, B.C., Canada. The vehicle will help save hundreds of dollars in charging and maintenance costs and reduce the RCMP’s carbon footprint.
This week, the RCMP unveiled its first Tesla Model Y electric vehicle. It has been equipped to police standards and will likely be utilized by frontline officers to answer duty calls. The West Shore RCMP requested the vehicle last 12 months as a part of a commitment to scale back its carbon footprint and comply with the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, as said in a press release.
“That is the primary ever fully-electric RCMP police vehicle and we’re proud to be piloting it here within the West Shore detachment,” said Todd Preston, Superintendent in Charge of the West Shore RCMP. The situation and mild winter weather make conditions ideal for testing. Later this 12 months, the RCMP can be expected to check the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford F-150 electric vehicles. EV performance testing at BC’s West Coast division will help determine how and where EVs are best suited to expand the present RCMP fleet.
“The West Shore RCMP provides 24-hour policing, so our vehicles are in constant use,” said Superintendent Preston. In 2020, a mean West Shore general purpose police vehicle required roughly CAD$11,100 in fuel and maintenance costs. Since then, costs have risen much more, on account of soaring fuel prices and inflation. The RCMP expects that the fee of charging and maintaining an electrical vehicle will likely be significantly lower than the fee of maintaining a gas-powered vehicle. As well as, using electric vehicles has a positive impact on the environment.
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