Tesla selected for Michigan cops heading to crime scenes
This Aug. 8, 2018, file photo shows a Tesla emblem on the back end of a Model S in the Tesla showroom in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
HOLLAND, MICH. -- A police department in western Michigan will be solving crimes with a Tesla.
Detectives at the Holland Department of Public Safety will be driving a $49,000 Tesla Model 3 after the city compared it to the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt, which both cost much less.
The cost of the Tesla includes a long-lasting battery pack, enabling the car to travel about 300 miles on a full charge, the Holland Sentinel reported.
The car will mostly be used to drive to crime scenes or conduct interviews, city finance director Tim Vagle said.
He said test drives, warranty and resale value put the Model 3 ahead of other electric car options.
“Yes, there’s a higher front end cost on this, but the fuel savings alone is generally pretty significant,” Mayor Nathan Bocks said.