Looks like the LAPD is interested in the Tesla Model S after all

The LAPD is moving forward with the Model S as a police vehicle.

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The Los Angeles Police Department has its heart set on having a fleet of electric vehicles. Despite having some reservations about the Tesla Model S, which includes not being able to use the vehicle in the event of a major power outage, the LAPD is moving forward with Tesla on fitting a Model S P85D with some police equipment.

The move to go forward with the Model S comes roughly a few months after the police department received 100 BMW i3 electric cars that will be used for transportation and not high-speed chases. According to a report by NBC Los Angeles, the i3 electric vehicles should cost approximately 15 percent less to operate than the old gas-powered cars. But, as the report points out, the police department is still looking for electric vehicles that are quicker and have a longer range, making the Model S the obvious choice.

The current i3 in the LAPD's fleet has a range of 80 to 100 miles, while the Model S P85D boasts a range of up to 275 miles on one charge. And if acceleration is what the LAPD is looking for, the Model S P85D can deliver with a zero to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. While the P85D would be the perfect fit for the LAPD, the department also needs to consider the all-electric vehicle's daunting price tag that starts above $100,000 before the $7,500 federal tax credit.

The decision to add electric cars to its armada of police vehicles is part of a city-wide effort to convert the LAPD's current fleet of gas-powered cars to electrically-powered ones.

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