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.