CARY, NC (WNCN) – Two new Tesla Model Y cruisers are joining the Cary Police Department vehicle fleet.
They are equipped with sirens, lights and other necessary equipment.
Acting Cary Police Chief Terry Sult says electric vehicles will help better protect the community.
“Let’s say we catch a speeder, with these cars they accelerate so fast you don’t have to hit those higher speeds. We anticipate passing a vehicle will be a lot quicker,” said Terry Sult, chief of the Cary Police Department Acting Police.
Each tesla costs about $10,000 more than normal police department vehicles.
Upfront costs plus customization for both total around $150,000. However, Cary PD says the new vehicles will save them $4-8,000 each on maintenance, fuel and other costs over the next 4 years.
The Teslas will be used for traffic control. However, there are still some things to consider.
“Where are we going to recharge them, do we have the infrastructure for that, what if we have a major problem and we lose our electrical infrastructure, how do we recharge them and maintain them. So we’re working on those issues, but what’s exciting is the savings and they outperform the best police cars I’ve driven in five decades,” said Terry Sult, acting police chief of the police department. of Cary.
Chief Sult said the department plans to add even more Teslas to its fleet in the near future.