Canadian police spied with a Tesla Model X cruiser ahead of reveal
Canadian police spied with a Tesla Model X cruiser ahead of reveal
February 13, 2018  Simon Alvarez


If a recently leaked photo is any indication, the Ontario Provincial Police
(OPP) will soon unveil a Tesla Model X cruiser.

The new police vehicle started making rounds on social media yesterday, with
the OPP’s Sgt. Kerry Schmidt posting an image of the covered car on his
official Facebook page. The police sergeant further teased that the vehicle
in his post would be featured in the upcoming Official Canadian
International Auto Show, which will run from February 16-25.

Other images of the covered (and eventually, partially uncovered) police
vehicle were shared on the Ontario Provincial Police’s Facebook page, where
it received an excited reaction from the agency’s followers on the social
media platform. While the law enforcement branch has not revealed the
vehicle as of date, a Tesla-themed page on Facebook, recently uploaded a
picture of what is clearly a Model X SUV painted in the OPP’s signature
black and white colors. While the image was taken from a distance, the
unmistakable Falcon Wing doors pretty much give the vehicle away.

In a number of ways, the OPP’s choice of vehicle is quite interesting. While
a Model X is being used as an emergency response vehicle by a private
firefighting team in Lviv, Ukraine, the OPP’s Model X appears to be the
first time that the electric SUV will be used as an actual police car. After
all, law enforcement agencies in the past have opted to use the Model S, the
X’s full-sized sedan sibling, instead.

Back in 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the LAPD would
be leasing and testing electric vehicles to see if the cars could be a part
of its active fleet. During that time, the LAPD used two Model S P85D
pursuit vehicles as a testbed for its electric car initiative. While the
Model S P85D met the LAPD’s needs in terms of range and raw performance, the
vehicle’s steep price tag was largely seen as a detrimental factor by the
law enforcement branch. The Denver PD also unveiled its own Model S police
car, though instead of being used as a pursuit vehicle, it was primarily
used for community outreach events.

Overseas, the Tesla Model S is also being used to aid law enforcement
agencies. As we noted in a previous report, Luxembourg’s Grand Ducale will
be deploying two Model S police cruisers soon. The two orange-and-white
cruisers are already customized for use by Luxembourg police, though the
vehicles are still waiting to pass the regulations of Technischer
Überwachungsverein (TÜV), a German firm that conducts certification
services. Once the electric police cruiser meets the standards of the TUV,
the Luxembourg police will deploy the Teslas into active service. 

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