The NYPD has added a new eco-friendly ride to its fleet: a Tesla Model 3, The Post has learned.
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The luxury electric vehicle — which came with a $47,740 price tag — will be used by the Department of Highway Patrol, city records show.
All-wheel-drive Model 3 According to Tesla’s website, the one purchased by the NYPD provides a range of about 350 miles on a single charge and covers 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.
The department, which acquired Ride last month, said the long-range version of the car is “optimized for police highway patrol tasks,” according to purchase documents.
“So much for budget cuts,” quipped a rank-and-file police source in the Post when told about the new luxury ride.
Tesla costs a bit more than other green vehicles, which the department has acquired over the years as part of its plan to cut carbon emissions.
The NYPD paid approximately $40,000 for each of the approximately 400 Ford Police Responder hybrid sedans purchased in fiscal year 2020, According to Streetsblog.
The new Tesla still costs less than the Ford Police Interceptor, which is about $58,000, the report said.
“The NYPD continually assesses new technology,” said a police spokesman, “that includes hybrid and electric vehicles for possible inclusion in our fleet.”
Other police departments also bought Tesla, saying they expect thousands of dollars in savings on gas.
In December, when Hastings-on-Hudson unveiled its new electric patrol car, the department just north of the Big Apple Told News12 This would save $8,500 in fuel within five years.
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