The Portuguese police department is going green by putting into service eight Nissan Leaf EVs. The eight electric four-door hatchbacks enter a fleet of more than 5000 vehicles.
The eight Leaf EVs, which were purchased to reduce the department’s carbon footprint, were delivered to Portugal’s PSP (Policia de Seguranca Publica), which is charged with patrolling and keeping the peace in the country’s large urban areas. In U.S.-market trim, the Leaf produces 107 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque from its AC electric motor, and has an estimated range of up to about100 miles. Though that might be acceptable for patrolling in the city, PSP plans to mostly use the electric vehicles in its Safe School Program. However, Nissan notes that the cars’ functional blue police flashers and siren, along with the bold “Policia” markings, allow them to perform other police duties at any time.
Last year, New York City made a similar green decision when it purchased 50 Chevrolet Volt models. Many of those range-extended electric cars were sent to police departments, but rather than chasing bad guys as pursuit vehicles, most were destined for traffic enforcement duty.
Though law enforcement agencies are beginning to embrace EVs and plug-in hybrids, can electric vehicles ever replace today’s traditional squad cars? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.