Police Provide Electric Response
A brand new BMW i3 car with range extender technology is being evaluated by the Force to help plan for the future.
The vehicle, is an electric powered car which also uses a small petrol engine to drive a generator when the in-built batteries become depleted, thereby giving the user an extended range. Crucially, the vehicle has been loaned free of charge and will be used in response scenarios across the Bradford District until the end of February.
Keith Hidle is the Fleet Manager and said:
"We have been given the opportunity to evaluate this vehicle from BMW, which will be used in patrol scenarios and is capable of responding to emergencies.
"By seizing the chance to test this technology, it will give us a greater understanding of the future possibilities and ensure the Force remains part of emerging developments.
"This latest vehicle operates in an electric mode and when needed, uses the petrol engine and generator to extend the distance it can travel before it has to be charged. This makes the vehicle much more usable over extended distances and helps address the phenomena of ‘range anxiety’ which is the fear of not making it to your destination before the electric runs out.
"With an indicated top speed of 93 mph, a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds and a range of around 186 miles, it is fully equipped to respond to emergencies in a city setting. It is also a fast charging car and only takes 4 hours to return to its full range.
"Already, the Force is testing a fully electric Nissan Leaf in the Bradford District and plans have also been agreed to assess a 100% electric Peugeot Partner van.
"By looking at a selection of vehicles, we can assess their suitability for policing and identify what will work in a practical sense.
"It means we can remain ahead of the game in offering the best service to the people of West Yorkshire with the most cost effective and environmentally friendly resources.
"At this stage, we do not have any plans to purchase electric vehicles for our Fleet, but when the right time arrives, we will be in a strong position to progress ahead.
"Particularly with the current national discussions around ‘dirty cities’ and the prospect of future levies, it is an important consideration.
"As a Force, we are also committed to the green agenda and reducing carbon emissions."