BMW Motorrad shows CE 04 e-scooter for police
At the Milipol trade show in Paris, BMW Motorrad put a police version of its CE 04 electric scooter on display for the first time. It is not just an eye-catcher however but will join the company’s existing range of police motorcycles with combustion engines.
Seven UK police forces trialling Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford has unveiled a Mustang Mach-E police concept at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham, following several requests from forces around the country to evaluate the electric SUV. Seven UK forces have either tested the fully electric patrol car or have inquired about the specially-built prototype.
Cheeky driver steals power from the cops
In the German town of Mettmann, a Tesla driver charged his car via a socket in a construction site toilet. The driver showed a lot of chutzpah– the construction site was for a new police building, right next to an existing police building.
Hamburg police adds Opel Ampera-e to fleet
The Hamburg police have received the first seven of a total of 16 radio patrol cars with electric drive. They are the Opel Ampera-e. According to the police, the electric fleet will be used mainly for traffic surveillance as part of the local presence.
Cybertruck – for the force of the future
To date, Tesla has already tallied up at least 250,000 reservations for the Tesla Cybertruck. The fully-electric pickup truck is popular among police forces with reservations from the local police force in Ciudad Valles, Mexico; the Kansas Highway Patrol in the US; and the Dubai police force in the UAE.
Chicago Police orders hybrid Ford Interceptors
The Chicago Police Department has ordered 200 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid vehicles. So far, law enforcement agencies across America from New England to Southern California have ordered 3,700-plus units of the hybrid vehicle, marking 19% of current orders.
Don’t drink and scoot
In an effort to make streets a little safer, 26 people were booked in Copenhagen over the last few days for operating electric scooters with a blood-alcohol level above the limit, while four others were found to be under the influence of drugs.
Swiss police adds 13 Hyundai Kona to fleet
The cantonal police of St. Gallen is relying on the all-electric Hyundai Kona. Five of the BEVs are to be added to the fleet as patrol cars, and eight will serve as civilian cars. Over the next one and a half years, another 15 electric cars will follow.
Don’t surf and drive
A driver of a Tesla Model 3 was stopped by police, but not because the officer was curious to see the car. Instead it was to inform the driver that the use of computers when driving is prohibited and pointed to the large display – the one that makes the Tesla dashboard.
How noisy is too noisy?
The automobile manufacturer Ford has asked the US government about providing police cars with an off-switch for the legally mandatory EV noise generators.
LAPD patrolling on speed pedelecs by Bosch
The Los Angeles Police Department has had a quirky addition to their fleet of patrol vehicles as they acquire 20 electric bikes. They have been specifically designed for the force and assist officers up to a speed of 28 mph (45 kph).
Police confused about fueling
The British police forces seem confused with the choice of cars they are being offered, as officers misfueled their tanks 299 times last year. It seems that even traditional combustion motors are too complicated for some, which is especially rich compared to arguments regarding the usability of EVs.
Paris police now patrols with the e-Golf
The “Gendarmerie” of Paris is now approaching their suspects silently as the French force leases 16 e-Golf from Volkswagen. They came fully dressed in what the police calls a black and white retro style and each district will get one for a year.
Organised Tesla theft somewhat
The Tesla store in Salt Lake City got robbed. Over the course of the chase for the stolen electric cars, the police questioned no less than four thieves with half of them claiming to be part of the Tesla family.
China, POLICE, EPA, MIT.
China opens battery market: The government announced that foreign battery makers and suppliers for other EV and PHEV components will no longer need to form joint ventures with Chinese companies. That will at first only be the case for the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Shanghai and Tianjin, but the government will keep a close eye on the development and possible extend or scrap the measure.
Prolonging EVs’ operating life: The three-year research project POLICE (Prolonged Life Cycle for Electric Vehicles) is looking at how electric cars can become more competitive, focusing on multiplying the vehicles’ operating lifespan. The RWTH Aachen, StreetScooter, Dekra and DLR are part of the team. The German Federal Ministry of Economy is funding the project with 1.5m euros.
EPA criticises airplane emissions: The U.S. environmental agency has taken a closer look at emissions above the clouds. While regulatory limits have yet to be established, airplane manufactures are being asked to reduce their engines’ emissions.
MIT makes progress: MIT researchers have found a new approach to engineering lithium-air batteries, keeping oxygen inside using nanoscale particles that hold both Li and O instead of pulling oxygen from the air. That reduces energy loss. Scientists say their prototype was able to hold twice as much energy a Li-ion battery of the same size.
engadget.com , mit.edu
This sculpture looks as if someone really wanted the truck to fit in a small parking spot, pulling its rear up alongside a wall. A policeman thought it would be funny to give the “parking violator” a ticket – as a joke of course. Though it would be interesting to know what a violation for parking on a wall would cost.
autobild.de (in German)
Low speed chase.
A police officer in the States stopped a granny on a mobility scooter – he called it a, “eh, little cart” – as she was cruising in the middle of the road. When discovering that she was lost, he insisted on escorting her home and ended up driving 70 minutes behind her at the speed of 6 mph. Wind down and take your time this weekend!
The right to charge.
In disbelief, we have been watching racial tension in the U.S. escalate. And this story is just as inexplicable. An African-American man was charging his EV in the dark, when police told him to stop since the station was closed. He refused and the officers responded by using pepper spray and tackling him – all for charging his electric vehicle!