Dallas County is the latest to harness EVs for law enforcement, adding three Tesla Model 3s to its police fleet.
Local, state and federal governments around the world have begun adding battery-electric models to their municipal fleets, including the New York City Police Department and police departments in Boulder, Spokane and Fremont, California.
Interest in adding electric cars to municipal fleets, which collectively travel millions of miles a year but also idle for long periods of time, could have a significant impact on emissions, infrastructure and the relative success of EV manufacturers.
EVs reduce maintenance and fuel costs, although they still need access to charging stations and enough time to recharge their batteries.
But it’s a curious choice for Dallas, located in a state where franchise laws prohibit Tesla from selling directly to consumers in its own stores. Instead, Texas customers must buy their Tesla online and pick it up in another state. Employees of Tesla stores in Texas, where customers can come to experience the model line, also cannot disclose financial information.
Dallas County Commissioners authorized the county to purchase three Tesla Model 3 Performance models for a total of $190,320. The police department will keep the cars in its auto service center as reserve units when the department’s other vehicles are being serviced or repaired.
Lucid Group and the government of Saudi Arabia, which has a 61% stake in the company, announced on Tuesday that the Kingdom will purchase up to 100,000 Lucid vehicles over the decade to support its 2030 Vision and Green Initiative. Saudi Arabia in favor of sustainable transport.
This commitment, which constitutes one of the largest EV purchase agreements ever concluded, provides for the sale of 50,000 Lucid models, including the luxury sedan Air and the future SUV Gravity, as well as an option to purchase 50,000 additional Lucid vehicles over the next ten years.