LA’s boys (and girls) in blue are going green. Thanks to BMW of North America, the Los Angeles Police Department will add 100 BMW i3 electric cars to its stable. The electric/gas Bimmer hybrid will become a fuel-saving – and community-building – member of the force.
In field tests for the LAPD, BMW outmanned the competition by offering exceptional drivetrain efficiency, reliability, a tight turning radius, and connectability. This last feature will enable the police department to run a connected, integrated fleet – a must for their critical work. In addition, the short wheelbase will allow for maximum maneuverability – a must for narrow, congested LA streets.
The rookie on the force, the BMW i3 will not be out in hot pursuit or capturing the bad guys. Instead, it will be used to transport officers (for training, meeting, court appearances, etc.) and for community outreach. It’s distinct shape is sure to become a prominent fixture in the surrounding communities.
The city will see great cost savings: Greenlots, a company specializing in vehicle charging solutions, will supply 100 level 2 chargers and four DC fast chargers. Since the i3 can achieve a remarkable 137 highway miles per gallon, refueling costs will be quite low.
Mayor Eric Garcetti says, “We should be thinking green in everything we do – and these new EVs show how local government can lead. Our sustainability plan pushes LA to speed adoption of greener practices and technologies, which also save money and resources.”
Many police forces throughout the country are deploying electric vehicles to conserve resources and expand the functionality of their departments. LAPD chose the i3 over the Tesla (though they’re not ruling the latter out completely) for its remarkable efficiency and stellar performance in urban landscapes. Score one for the good guys!
You don’t have to have a badge to experience the efficiency of an i3. Head to your favorite dealer with BMW cars for sale and take a test drive.