Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago directed the Coral Gables Police Chief to start out the procurement process to amass a Tesla.
Town already has a fleet of over 70 electric cars. The fleet of 35 Nissan Leafs and 23 Chevy Bolts has been successful as green options for city staff. In truth, with such a big EV fleet, Coral Gables has considered one of the biggest electrified fleets within the state of Florida.
Per the police chief, the Tesla could be introduced as a pilot project and primarily patrol downtown Coral Gables. He also confirmed that the Tesla wouldn’t be a take-home option for officers.
At a price of $64,000, Tesla just isn’t an affordable investment. Nonetheless, for the Mayor, it comes all the way down to buying one of the best available American-made EV. He said to the Miami Harold that:
Listen, I don’t own a Tesla, and I don’t own Tesla stock. But at the tip of the day, I just want something made in America. If there may be a greater electric automotive that’s made in America, find it for me.
There isn’t a word on when or what kind of Tesla the police need to procure. Nonetheless, the police force is other options moving forward, including Chevrolet.