The Tesla Model 3 police car has been in service for about two months, and is being used by the detective unit and not as a patrol car (stock photo). - Photo: Mario Duran-Ortiz (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Tesla Model 3 police car has been in service for about two months, and is being used by the detective unit and not as a patrol car (stock photo).

Photo: Mario Duran-Ortiz (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Holland, Michigan, Department of Public Safety's Tesla Model 3 police car has been in service for about two months, and was purchased for $49,000 in 2020 as a test-run for adopting electric vehicles more widely in the city's transportation fleet, according to the Holland Sentinel.

The car is being used by the detective unit and not as a patrol car, with the only modification being the addition of a police radio. 

The City of Holland paid extra for a longer-lasting battery, enabling it to travel about 300 miles on a full charge. Detective Sgt. Jim Ludema, who is assigned to the Tesla, noted the battery drains faster in cold weather, reducing that range during the winter months.

Originally posted on Government Fleet

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