Let's see, we've had plug-in vehicles do cop car duty at Scotland Yard (Vauxhall Ampera) and New York City (Chevrolet Volt) and we've all seen the little EV parking meter vehicles, so today's announcement that the Nissan Leaf is going to be used as a police vehicle in Portugal isn't exactly a surprise. What is interesting is that the eight EVs that will soon be used on patrol are being touted as a way for the fuzz to "arrive at the scene of a crime in near silence."

Portugal's PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública) will use the all-electric hatchbacks mostly for the Safe School Program, Nissan said in a statement, but they are decked out and ready "to perform other police duties at any time" should they be asked to do so. We're guessing long-haul chases will not be part of the mission, but other than that, we don't see any reason the eight Leaf will be treated much differently than the other 5,000 in the PSP fleet, especially since Portugal has been building a network of EV chargers, Level 2 and quick chargers among them.
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Nissan LEAF Gets the Blue Light in Portugal
Award-winning electric vehicle joins the Portuguese police force
  • Eight zero-emission Nissan LEAF EVs start patrolling Portuguese streets
  • Portugal's PSP is the first force in the world with a fleet of Nissan LEAF EVs
  • Move underlines Portugal's commitment to electric vehicles
ROLLE, Switzerland – Portuguese criminals need to take extra care if they want to avoid being caught red-handed. Local police have taken delivery of a fleet of stealthy Nissan LEAF electric vehicles, allowing them to arrive at the scene of a crime in near silence.

The eight Nissan LEAF police cars will be operated by Portugal's PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública) the security force responsible for policing the large urban areas of the country.

The multi-award winning zero-emission cars will be used mainly as part of the PSP's Safe School Program, but with flashing blue lights, sirens and clear 'Polícia' markings, they can be called upon to perform other police duties at any time.

Nissan LEAF was chosen by PSP as part of its push to reduce its ecological footprint.

"We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet," said Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP. "We want to continue contributing to the reduction in pollution in large urban centers and the introduction of the 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet."

Portugal is an EV pioneer in Europe. It was one of the first countries to install a network of EV chargers in its big cities and was the first to sell Nissan LEAF to the European public when it was introduced in 2011.


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      Marcopolo
      • 4 Months Ago
      The Portuguese Police are buying the leaf as patrol cars. Meanwhile Australia is exporting a 6.0-litre V8 Chevy Caprice to the USA to serve as a police vehicles ( followed by the supercharged civilian version ! ). Makes y'proud to be from the lucky country ! :)
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Months Ago
      Shouldn't be too hard to outrun these police, as long as you've got half a tank of gas, lol
        Joeviocoe
        • 4 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        In many cities both here in the U.S. and other countries... cops don't chase you if you run either way. It is far too much of a liability. They only chase you for serious crimes... and even then, they only get on the radio to either get a helicopter or other vehicles to set up road blocks. Getting more and more rare since most people know that you can't get away. Cops do need to go fast, but only to get somewhere, not chase someone. And in that case, 90 mph is about as fast as they should safely speed.
          HVH20
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Cops don't chase down sport bikes in the US, doesn't matter how much gas is in their tank as long as you have enough in yours.
          Joeviocoe
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Okay, than a Leaf should do fine with 80 mph then... but around San Diego or LA... that cop would do better with a Tesla Model S.... It's got room for 2 extra, child sized, perps. :)
          SVX pearlie
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          In SoCal, cops chase for hours, and it's great fun to watch on TV.
          Joeviocoe
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Low speed chases usually. Or are those old video clips being shown on "world craziest police chases"?
          Nick
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Portugal ain't the U.S. There's no 6 lane freeways there. The Leaf is more then sufficient for Police duty there.
          SVX pearlie
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          No, Joe. Those chases are typically 60-80 mph on SoCal freeways, going around and around.
        SVX pearlie
        • 4 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        That's OK, Leaf can't even hit 100 mph. And worst case, you simply need to drive 80 miles away.
        Spec
        • 4 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Oh! The cop is entering 'turtle mode'! We are home free! Woooo! Of course criminal can never out run radios.
      EZEE
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hey Kids! The cool kids at jalopnik did a fun review if the BZ Electric King. Fun read... http://jalopnik.com/5922514/bz-electra-king-the-jalopnik-classic-review
      Rick
      • 4 Months Ago
      Nissan Leaf would make the perfect replacement Ford Focus diesel in the UK, Focus is biggest UK police car fleet of 48,000 cars, British Police are the No1 buyer of Ford Focuses in Europe would love to see them replaced with an all Nissan Leaf fleet that really would be a great for EV sales numbers, can't help but think we would go for the the more practical Vauxhall Ampere E-REV that is the best of both worlds. British police patrol drivers spend very little time behind the wheel on patrol, it recently dropped from 15% down to 13% of there time, most of the rest of the time is spent filling out mountain loads of paperwork, court cases etc. So an electric car with its charging problem would not matter to much in the UK. British Police have just has their budgets totally slashed cutback by the British Government due to austerity cutbacks, they have already started downgrading its cars like the Ford Focus to smaller GM Corsa, Ford Fiesta & small Hyundai diesel cars in a bid to conserve cash, it was not surprising that the Vauxhall Corsa was No1 best selling car in the UK in May, probably due to big Corsa Police Panda car orders. Still l hope the British Police do adopt the Nissan Leaf it could give the big boost electric cars need here to make them popular here, the Nissan Leaf would make the perfect Panda Patrol car here.
        Marco Polo
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rick
        @ Rick, Where do you get such misinformation ? The is no such organization as the 'British Police' The UK has about 80-90 separate Police agencies. 52 of these are independent Police forces all of which decide their own policies. Police funding is a local affair and has nothing to do with the UK government. The largest supplier of vehicles to UK police forces is GM- Vauxhall. 37 (or 71 per cent) of the UK's 52 police authorities are now contracted to buy Vauxhall vehicles. The 7,000 cars and vans that will be delivered over the next four years, will include a broad range of Vauxhall models, including the Corsa, Astra, Insignia, Astravan, Combo, Vivaro and Movano. In 2010, the incoming Conservative government, created the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). This is a UK government agency formed to assist and coordinate UK police organizations to access the central governments policing agencies, with such bodies as customs and border security, data bases, and also assist with co-operation on purchasing, logistical efficiencies, training, co-ordination of task forces etc, etc. UK highway patrol officers spend most of their time on the road. Where do you get such figures as "15% and 13%" ? UK police forces have civil-servants to complete paper work, and Highway patrol/traffic police are seldom required to give evidence in court. ( 96% of all traffic offenses are uncontested). (My brother's a Magistrate, and is a member of our local Police Authority. ( commission)) . Please, don't be lazy, just Google some of this stuff, and not just make it up ! Start by googling the Vauxhall website!
          Rick
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          MMMmm Police forces across the UK are downsizing their fleet of patrol cars and equipment under a new programme designed to save on carbon and cash. A new four-year procurement scheme signed in October has come into effect, which means police forces must now downgrade their low-performance patrol car fleets to diesel-only Vauxhall Corsas, Ford Fiestas and Hyundai i30 and i20s. With 48,000 cars patrolling the nation's streets, the Police are the UK's number one consumer of fuel – ahead of the Ministry of Defence, the Post Office and the ambulance service. Richard also stated that electric vehicles will not be added to police fleets for at least the next four years. “Electric vehicles may make sense for the environment, but they certainly do not make economic sense at this time,” he explained. http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/news/national-news/123046-police-downsize-patrol-car-fleets-to-save-on-cash-and-carbon.html Focus & Astra are on the way out ole chap you are soon yesterday.
          Rick
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          As l stated Vauhall Corsa No1 best selling car May 2011, mainly due to lots of police car sales, Corsa has never been No1 best seller ever in the UK before, if the Police have dropped the Focus & Astra in favour of Corsas this would explain this. Private buyer sales are non existent in the UK at the moment only Fiat 500, Mini & BMW 3 Series are doing well here, Government & Companies is where all the disposable cash is at the moment. No1 best selling car Vauxhall Corsa in May http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2012/06/08/uk-may-2012-vauxhall-corsa-leads-fiat-500-in-top-10-again/ Gotta say l am not to do hundreds of google links to every paragraph l write, whist you sit just throwing insults in a lazy manner. Must go for now Marco Polo gonna watch our Bradley Wiggins in "Le Tour De France", the cheating French have already tried to burn his arm with a flare, now they are throwing tacks all over road in front of him, he had one puncture, but made up for lost time then got to hear his main contender Aussie Cadel Evans dropped so far behind with punctures Wiggins being a total gentleman he is managed to get the whole leading pack (The peloton) to slow behind so he could catch them up again, you won't find a more sporting group of sportsman in the world. If Bradley Wiggins is first home at Arc de Triomphe next Sunday UK annual bike sales of 3.2 million will double, which will be great news for the environment as well.
          Marcopolo
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @ Rick, You really are incorrigible ! Even when I give you a source to research you still manage to distort the facts or get 'em wrong ! 1) there are not " 48,000 police cars patrolling the nations streets " ! (I wish there was). England, Scotland, Wales &Northern Ireland operate 35,420 cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles, as well as thousands of specialist vehicles, including HGVs, quad bikes, tractors and trailers and horses. Reductions to Force fleet sizes is largely as a result of efficiencies created by National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). Many small police forces have specialist vehicles which were seldom used, by pooling resources, efficiencies have been achieved. Often a Police force found itself patrolling relatively small areas of national highways requiring under-utilized high speed pursuit cars. With the assistance of NPIA, coordinating with other forces, those high speed tasks are undertaken by adjacent Police forces who in turn may have little use for 4 wheel drive capacity which can be more effectively serviced by a neighboring Police force. Stick to cycling ! (although I am pleased to see that you have at last begun to read an article to support your claims, even if you still get it wrong or distort the facts). It's great that you are passionate about cycling, but don't lose perspective. The UK is not Holland !
      Marcopolo
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is an excellent purchase by the Portuguese Police. EV's and EREV's, could certainly replace some vehicles in the average police fleet However, some ABG readers seem to have lost a sense of reality when it comes to replacing pursuit patrol vehicles. Such vehicles need to be large, and powerful. Pursuit/Patrol vehicles need to carry a great deal of heavy equipment and reinforced suspensions. Not do such vehicles need to be fast enough to respond to situations quickly, but can become involved in high-speed pursuits. Police vehicles also need to be comfortable for large heavy passengers, wearing a lost of gear, to occupy for hours on end. (Need room for doughnuts) Patrol vehicles need to be powerful and large enough to be used in civil emergencies. Quick refueling and strong enough to contain an area for safely containing recalcitrant prisoners are also requirement of patrol vehicles. (sometimes. bulletproof glass and a cage! ) Police fleets need to be versatile. Many cities still retain police horse patrols, since horses are the ultimate 'go anywhere' vehicle ! Mounted police are invaluable to patrol parks, control crowds, parades etc in a friendly, picturesque way that enhances police public relations. Likewise, EV's certainly have a place in police fleets.
      • 4 Months Ago
      All US cities and towns should mandate that all vehicles purchased by the city for police should be either EVs or PHEVs by 2020. And all taxis operating within a city or town should also be mandated to be either EVs or PHEVs by 2020. Marcel
      winc06
      • 4 Months Ago
      Pursuit is a sport for police in the US, like spraying passive people with pepper spray. It is done for entertainment purposes, for the chasers and the TV audience. Germany did just fine enforcing the law with air cooled VWs and radios back when fast BMWs and MBs only did 130 mph.
      • 4 Months Ago
      It's a good start, but I'd love to see all city taxi cabs with no tailpipe either ;)
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