Tesla Cop Car Runs Out of Spark During High-Speed Chase
This little incident from the US of A amuses our Automologist, MAC.
Guess you could say that the local constabulary in Fremont, California has learned an important lesson, according to CBS news, and it is: plug it in after you have finished using it! Apparently, the Fremont officer responsible for driving a modified Tesla Model S had to stop his high-speed pursuit after the batteries run flat.
Okay, let’s park it for the next hour…
The officer responsible reported that the batteries had not been fully charged by the time the morning shift began and thus did not have enough juice to complete the apprehension of the alleged felon that was being chased. In the report, the officer, Jesse Hartman, is quoted as saying over his radio, “I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla so I may lose it here in a sec” and thereafter “ I’ve got to try to find a charging station for the Tesla so I can make it back to the city”.
The Tesla Model S in use by the Fremont police is a part of a test to see if electric vehicles are suitable for police use. The vehicle cost USD61,000 in 2018, which sounds like a lot of money for a police car in the US of A. Captain of the Fremont Police, Sean Washington, told reporters that normally the car can last for the entire eleven hour shift without running out of juice and this incident was simply because someone forgot to charge the vehicle after use—a little bit like all of the gadgets in my house that the kids use.
I know someone will point this out to me, it could have easily been someone had forgotten to fill the tank with petrol if this had been a normal car. Yes, of course, you are quite correct, but if you get in a car that is out of petrol, you can fill it up quite conveniently and in just a few moments. And besides, where is your sense of humour.