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Tesla Model 3 police car makes an appearance at law enforcement tech conference

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A Tesla Model 3 police car made an appearance at the Accelerate Policing conference, an event hosted by law enforcement tech firm Axon. The symposium was held in Phoenix, AZ, and it featured presentations and discussions on innovations for the law enforcement market.

Pictures taken of the Model 3 police vehicle suggest that the electric car was specifically modified by Axon itself, in addition to Tomar, a producer of police car equipment. Wrapped in matte silver and white and emblazoned Police” in classic Tesla font, the Model 3 looked every bit. Modifications such as a lightbar within the cabin and police lights on the side mirrors also offer a futuristic appearance that is distinctly to the cruiser.

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Quite interestingly, the Model 3 police car was fitted with what appeared to be 20″ wheels, which are amazing for functionality but not really practical for police duty. The vehicle is apparently a non-performance Model 3, due to the absence of brake calipers.

While Axon’s Model 3 police car appears to have been built simply as a concept, the notion of using the sedan for law enforcement really makes a lot of sense. Teslas have been used by authorities for years, though the high costs of the Model S and Model X have largely prevented their widespread usage. This issue isn’t present with the Model 3, which costs significantly less than the premium sedan and SUV.


Axon’s Tesla Model 3 police car. (Photo: t0mmyr/Reddit)

The Tesla Model 3 is quick on its feet due to the torque of its own electric motors, and it s thanks to its rigid aluminum frame. Being an electric vehicle, the Model 3 requires much less maintenance than police car or a comparable gas, and its operating costs are also significantly lower. The Model 3’s 1-million-mile drive unit and durable battery pack further ensure that the vehicle could remain in service for a long time.  

Police vehicles are exposed to lots of abuse and use during their years of support. According to the Fremont PD, police cruisers drive around 40-70 miles per day on average, and each vehicle is driven hard on a consistent basis. From these requirements, it appears that the Standard Plus Model 3 could be a perfect fit for police duty, because it s affordable enough for deployment when including all the benefits of its siblings. Axon’s Tesla Model 3 police car looks the part. Perhaps, in the future, the Model 3 could even be as omnipresent as the Crown Vic. An individual can only hope.

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