A fleet of Tesla Model 3s will now be patrol vehicles for Dallas County, Texas, law enforcement officers. Yesterday, the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of three all-electric Model 3 sedans.
The three Model 3 sedans will be used to replace vehicles in the county’s fleet of law enforcement sedans, according to a report from Fox 4 in Dallas, but they also have another purpose: to test mules for the possibility of adding more Model 3s to the fleet in the coming years.
“Very excited about this,” Commissioner Elba Garcia said of the acquisition of the Model 3 fleet. “It’s the Teslas purchase we’ve been talking about when we talk about the amazing work the auto service center does and our environment. It’s easy and simple. Owning these cars is a great start.”
The purchase will cost about $190,000 in total, with three cars priced at $65,000 each. Based on Tesla’s current pricing for the Model 3, this indicates that all vehicles required by Dallas County are among the most luxurious trim levels of a sedan: performance.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance is the fastest and most premium configuration of the company’s mass-market sedan. It has 315 miles of range, a top speed of 162 mph, and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 3.1 seconds. The car is also the only Model 3 to come with performance brakes, 20-degree turbo wheels, a carbon fiber spoiler, and aluminum alloy pedals. The current delivery frameworks run between June and August 2022.
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The acquisition of Teslas was not a unanimous decision. Commissioner John Wiley Price was in favor of buying new government vehicles from another manufacturer, asserting that Tesla’s consideration was due to its family name.
“Hell no,” Price said. “The problem as I said is that the only reason Tesla exists is that the others have not been tested, and the Tesla is. Mr. Cooper has told me that others are trying to get to market, so I vote No.”
Price may have reservations about a Tesla for any number of reasons. While there are other attractive EV options on the market, Tesla’s Model 3 has been chosen by several police departments in the past for use on patrols with positive feedback after a lengthy ownership experience. Officers in Westport, Connecticut, revealed massive cost savings from driving an electric vehicle compared to previous combustion engine patrol units.
In addition, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has been selected for many police departments in the United States and Europe. A larger and more spacious option than the Model 3, Ford’s GT Performance trim level in the Mustang Mach-E packs 270 miles of range, 3.8 seconds of 0-60 mph acceleration time, and 480 horsepower.
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