LAPD Getting 100 BMW i3 EVs for Non-Emergency Duty

German automaker will supply 100 EVs to the police department

Jason UdyWriter

BMW will supply the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with 100 BMW i3 EVs for its non-emergency transportation fleet, the automaker announced.

"We should be thinking green in everything we do -- and these new EVs show how local government can lead," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in a release. "Our sustainability plan pushes L.A. to speed adoption of greener practices and technologies, which also save money and resources."

After field testing several EVs, including the Tesla Model S, the LAPD chose the BMW i3 for its initial cost, EPA MPGe rating, tight turning radius, reliability, and fleet-friendly ConnectedDrive services. Other factors in the decision include the automaker's charging infrastructure and service centers.

"The attributes of the BMW i3 position it to excel as the ideal vehicle for municipal organizations," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America. "The performance and technical capabilities, such as the BMW i3's acceleration, and its ConnectedDrive integration, are perfectly suited to transform the future mobility of the Los Angeles Police Department while also reducing their carbon footprint."

Additionally, BMW is designing a new web tool to integrate the vehicle's software with the police agency's fleet management system to keep track of the i3 fleet in near-real-time as well as schedule charging and service intervals. Greenlots will also supply the LAPD with 100 Level 2 chargers and four DC fast chargers.

Just don't expect to see an i3 during one of Los Angeles' infamous live police chases. The new cars will be used for non-emergency duties as transportation vehicles and for community outreach programs.

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