Police department hopes to save money with new vehicles

PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) – The Paragould Police Department has introduced two new Tesla Model 3s to its traffic division, with officers hoping to save them and taxpayers money.

All-electric vehicles save the department thousands of dollars on gasoline, which Capt. Brent McCain said is extremely valuable.

“Our average patrol unit is burning $6,000 a year, with the tesla if we fill it to capacity at current rates it would cost a little over $1,100 a year,” he said.

The $5,000 in fuel savings is just the start, as McCain said Teslas are also cheaper to outfit.

“Current Teslas we have completely stripped with 51,000. Turn the key, ready to hit the road,” he said. “Current Explorers we put on the road number 52,000, so they actually cost $1,000 less per car to put on the road.”

The process of getting the cars started in December, and McCain said due to supply chain issues it was delayed.

He added that the car comes with an eight-year battery warranty, so he thinks it will last longer than the gas-powered cars they bring in and out.

The five-month process for delivering and outfitting the cars took time, but McCain said they were excited regardless.

“We faced supply chain issues like everyone else in America, and eventually we got it all together, and it’s exciting to finally see it on the road,” he said. .

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