It'd be better than a diesel Astra.
BMW's i3 electric car could soon find its way on to the fleets of police forces across the United Kingdom.
Electric cars currently aren't a mainstay in most British police service fleets, but as electric cars slowly become more and more mainstream, it is only inevitable that law enforcement looks to adopting the technology too.
Lincolnshire Police superintendent Phil Vickers recently tested a range-extender version of the i3 and was pleased with what he saw.
'I drove an i3 – after 100 yards I wanted one,' Vickers posted on Twitter. 'After 50 miles I really wanted one! Great little car, great tech — talking to our fleet manager. I see the future'
Supt Vickers said that the i3 would be ideal for 'Neighbourhood team, CID, possibly urban response', but admitted that the car would only be suitable for a daytime role.
'It’d be a great car for me personally, but currently just suited to our 12-hour roles where it can charge overnight,' he said. 'No real 24/7 policing solution from EVs yet.'
The i3 starts at just short of £30,000, so it isn't cheap, but given the relatively young age of electric car technology, its 200 mile range is pretty impressive, for now.
If range anxiety is still a thing, there's the range extender option – as tried by Supt Vickers – which adds a small electric generator that tops up the battery. Power comes from a 33kWh battery pack that powers the rear wheels only, so it even drives like a 'traditional' BMW, despite being cherry picked right from the future.
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