Looks like the Victoria Police are entering the electric age with their first all-electric vehicle, a Tesla Model X. The Model X will be used for highway patrol duties, and chatter is already being heard that this is just the first such vehicle to be policing the southern state and perhaps even the entirety of Australia.
Of course, range is a concern, but the Model X should be up to the challenge. There are a lot of factors that go into just how much range and performance you can get out of an electric vehicle, but the standard range for a Model X is 425km before needing to be recharged. Victoria Police may have opted for different versions of the Model X, so that range may be higher (The long-range version offers 575km and the performance model has a range up to 550km).
Speeders beware—if the Victoria Police went with the performance model and added on the ludicrous mode, the police car will be capable of hitting 100 kilometres per hour in just 2.9 seconds—a similar stat to that of the Porsche 911 Turbo.
“There is also a great environmental benefit to electric vehicles and considering our State Highway Patrol vehicles travel thousands of kilometres on the road per year, we should always be looking at ways we can lessen our impact on the environment,” stated Victoria Police’s Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane.
That awareness brings a whole new meaning to protecting and serving.