The police in the Japanese city of Fukuoka has received 22 new Nissan Leaf vehicles and converted them to patrol vehicles. They will not be used to chase down criminals, however, but will be used for “support tasks”.
One does not have to be a rocket scientists to figure out that the Nissan Leaf, with its 144 km/h top speed would not do much for high speed chases, which is why the Fukuoka police department is going to use them for traffic regulation and for patrol duty.
In other countries, police forces have begun to accept electrified vehicles as well. The Basel city police, for example, procured 7 Tesla X100D last month, Luxembourg is patrolling in a Tesla Model S and the Parisian police accepted 16 VW e-Golf into their fleet in February. There was even a minor scandal, as it was revealed that the 100 BMW i3 fleet owned by the L.A. police is mostly standing around collecting dust.
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