September 26, 2019

California police officer must call off chase after Tesla patrol car's battery runs low

Dana Mathewson

In the real world, people would be dismayed at this. As we know, though, California isn't the real world. The "authorities" there are more concerned with "saving the planet" than saving lives, keeping the peace, or whatever it is the police normally do.

Me, I'd sure hope these cops weren't answering a 911 call I'd placed. And in this case, they weren't.

A Tesla electric patrol car with the Fremont, Calif., police was forced to back off from a pursuit after the vehicle's battery ran low in the middle of the chase.

"Just slowed down to six miles of battery on the Tesla, so I may lose it here in a sec,” the officer in the pursuit said, according to police radio transmissions obtained by KPIX 5." "If someone else is able, can they maneuver into the No. 1spot?”

Other officers then took over the pursuit. The chase was called off after it was deemed unsafe because of the reckless driving of the suspect. The suspect’s vehicle was later found abandoned in San Jose.

The department is in the midst of a pilot program using 2014 Tesla model S 85 vehicles as part of Fremont’s push to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from its 2005 baseline by 2020.

Sure would be interesting to know what it costs them to charge up those coal-powered cars, relative to gasoline-powered police cars. Of course, they aren't interested in saving money, and gas prices in the Peoples' Republic of Californica are the nation's highest.

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