First Model Y Commissioned as Police Vehicle in New York
As Tesla continues its quest for automotive dominance, their vehicles are becoming more and more common not only within luxury markets but also as police cruisers.
The first Model Y has officially debuted as a police car in New York. Specifically, the car was commissioned by the Hastings on Hudson Police Department located in Westchester County, New York.
This isn't the first time that a Tesla has been a police car, the Model 3 has been utilized by several departments for some time now, but this is the first time that the Model Y has been put into service. However, this electric police-cruiser won't be chasing down speeders in traffic, rather it will be sleuthing down back-alleys as part of the department's detective division.
Even though it will just be used by detectives, the car is still fit with lights, sirens, and police radios – the typical accoutrement of a police car of the like.
In the video below posted by the police department, you can see the Model Y in all of its policing glory.
As for what type of Model Y the police department decided to use, it's a long-range silver metallic Model Y that sits on the 19-inch Gemini wheels.
Upon learning that the Model Y has been put to use as a police cruiser, one might start to wonder why it was chosen considering it's generally considered to be a medium-level luxury SUV. The biggest reason this car was chosen is the fuel savings it presents.
While the cost of the car outright might be higher than a traditional cruiser, it's estimated that the Model Y will save the department over $8,500 over the first 5 years it's in service justifying its purchase. When you compound these fuel savings with Tesla's incredibly high resale values and the purchase starts making a lot more sense for police applications.
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