The Force is go­ing elec­tric for car trial

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE lat­est Metropoli­tan Po­lice uni­formed re­sponse cars have been re­vealed – and they’re all elec­tric.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice (MPS) re­ceived their first de­liv­ery of uni­formed range ex­ten­der re­sponse cars, as part of a six-month trial across three Lon­don bor­oughs.

Af­ter the un­veil­ing out­side New Scot­land Yard in De­cem­ber, the BMW i3 Range Ex­ten­der has now of­fi­cially started its pe­riod of test­ing and eval­u­a­tion with the Met.

The ve­hi­cle, which will be used by re­sponse polic­ing teams across the bor­oughs of West­min­ster, Green­wich and Bex­ley, is the first ‘ range ex­ten­der ‘model to be used by a UK po­lice ser­vice.

The elec­tric car also has a small petrol en­gine and gen­er­a­tor as back up for when the bat­ter­ies run out, giv­ing the driver an ‘ex­tended range’ be­fore they need to recharge.

Of­fi­cers will re­port back on their ex­pe­ri­ence of us­ing the ve­hi­cle dur­ing reg­u­lar pa­trolling du­ties, in ad­di­tion to the stan­dard test­ing eval­u­a­tion tools.

Terry Hunt, di­rec­tor of the force’s Cen­trally De­liv­ered Sup­port Ser­vices, said: “The i3 is a bril­liant fit with the tech­nol­ogy-driven ap­proach of the Met. We are com­mit­ted to keep­ing our car­bon foot­print as low as pos­si­ble and in­no­va­tive pi­lots such as this pro­vide us with ex­pe­ri­ence of how that might be achieved.”

The MPS Driv­ing School will also be test­ing the ve­hi­cle and pro­vid­ing ex­pert ad­vice on its po­ten­tial use.

The in­no­va­tive car has been loaned by BMW for Met of­fi­cers to test the fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties of us­ing elec­tric range ex­ten­der re­sponse cars as part of the reg­u­lar fleet.


n PI­LOT: Po­lice are test­ing ex­tended range elec­tric cars

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