LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department has added 100 electric cars to its motor pool as the city seeks to green up its municipal vehicle fleet, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday.
The new vehicles obtained under a three-year lease are fully electric BMW i3 models.
The cars are not for regular police patrols. They will largely be used by the department’s civilian workforce and sometimes by officers for non-emergency purposes.
The LAPD is also installing 104 charging stations, including four capable of fully charging a vehicle in less than an hour.
In addition to saving on gasoline, electric cars cost less to maintain, and the deal includes training of police department mechanics on electric vehicles, the mayor’s office said.
Leasing gives the department flexibility to change the electric vehicle fleet as technology evolves, it said.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said the department also is monitoring the technology for the potential of electric vehicles to serve as patrol cars.
Overall, the city now has 199 fully electric vehicles. The mayor wants at least half of new city vehicles to be electric.
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