Police Aren’t “Fueling “Around With New Electric Patrol Car
The Battle Creek Police Department in Michigan has purchased and deployed a completely electric patrol car, which is equipped with a traditional black-and-white paint job and patrol lights, and can be charged for eight to 10 hours of use.
This Global Electric Motorcar is street-legal, goes 25 mph, and is small enough to leave the street and weave through public parks and down sidewalks. The approximately $12,000 car replaces a roughly $20,000 Ford Crown Victoria, and it will help the department reduce gas costs.
“We decided to do this last fall when gasoline prices were going up,” says Police Commander Jackie Hampton. “We are trying to look at innovative ways to lower our fuel costs.”
The department is using this car made by DaimlerChryser-owned GEM on a trial basis after testing an electric car from AMPCO System last year.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Battle Creek Enquirer (MI) (04/18/06) P. 3A; Christenson, Trace .