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Police Wasted £1.5 Million on Electric Cars That Can’t Chase Criminals

December 27, 2019

By Paul Homewood


I don’t whether to laugh or cry!


Police forces in the United Kingdom have squandered over a million pounds on electric cars that are incapable of chasing criminals or performing emergency services because the eco-friendly vehicles are too slow and take too long to charge.

A freedom of information request found that police in the UK have spent £1.49 million on 448 green cars and vans. However, the actual cost of the eco-police fleets is likely much higher as many districts have not reported their purchases.

The official police reports admit that the battery-powered cars are incapable of fulfilling police duties such as chasing criminals or handling emergency response situations and often run out of power before a shift ends.

The vehicles are used almost exclusively in non-emergency situations or to drive police chiefs to work, reports the Daily Mail.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has bought dozens of electric cars. However, the force admitted in an internal report that: “The market has not yet sufficiently matured to offer alternatively fuelled vehicles capable of meeting the MPS requirements for the role of pursuit cars.”

Scotland Yard, which plans to have an entirely “green” fleet by the year 2050, has bought 134 green vehicles in large part to comply with the £12.50 daily Ultra Low Emission Zone charge imposed by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

A report from Staffordshire Police says: “Vehicles that are less damaging to the environment are struggling to cope with the arduous needs of emergency service; autonomous driving and safety systems are not conducive to pursuit or response driving.”

In an annual survey, the police force in Kent found that the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3 had inadequate range and take too long to recharge.

Conservative Party MP David Davies, a former special constable, said that the police leadership should show some “common sense”.

“I’ve been in a police car on many occasions when an emergency call has come in. You can’t predict what is going to happen and so they need to be very careful when using electric cars,” Davies said.



Mind how you go!

  1. December 27, 2019 10:32 am

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  2. John Palmer permalink
    December 27, 2019 10:40 am

    And guess who ends up paying for such inane virtue-signalling!
    You couldn’t make it up – but thanks to MPS and others, you don’t have to.
    And a very Happy New Year to all.

  3. martinbrumby permalink
    December 27, 2019 10:48 am

    Rather than mention this, the BBC is far more interested in trying to ram home their latest agit prop lie that ‘half the world’s coral reefs have already been lost’. I can only imagine that they arrived at this figure by including all known reef structures in a Geological time frame.

    De-fund the Biased Barstewards Club!

    • Tym Fern permalink
      December 27, 2019 11:23 am

      I heard that too! How did they twist the facts to arrive at that figure, I wonder?

      • Sheri permalink
        December 27, 2019 12:50 pm

        There is no twisting involved. They just make things up.

  4. Philip Bennett permalink
    December 27, 2019 10:56 am

    Cheap cars – only £3326 each? Or is my arithmetic wrong?

  5. Phoenix44 permalink
    December 27, 2019 11:24 am

    £1.5 million on 448 vehicles? I think not. That’s £3,300/vehicle. I imagine it’s at least £15,000 per vehicle, which is £6.7 million. But it could easily be £20,000 for a total of £9 million.

    But which moron ignored the 3-6 hour rechsrgingvtimes for these?

    • Gamecock permalink
      December 27, 2019 11:33 am

      Journalists and maths.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      December 27, 2019 1:14 pm

      The police were probably quoting the annual leasing costs (I assume they don’t buy cars outright) and simply supplied just one year’s-worth.

      • December 27, 2019 2:49 pm

        Some councils refused top give the costs, so that might explain why the average is so low

  6. Gerry, England permalink
    December 27, 2019 11:31 am

    Expecting the current police leadership – social workers in uniforms with very little real police experience – to show common sense shows detachment with the real world. Ah, yes, came from an MP – I rest my case M’lord.

  7. Gamecock permalink
    December 27, 2019 11:36 am

    How quaint to think that police chase criminals and perform emergency services. These cars are a perfect fit for modern policing.

    • Sheri permalink
      December 27, 2019 12:51 pm

      Excellent point!!! One wonders if that is what the mayor had in mind….

  8. dennisambler permalink
    December 27, 2019 11:49 am

    Nissan Leaf? No way to spend our money!

    In the Performance, you get the hulked-up rear motor as well as the regular front motor, so combined power climbs from 554bhp to 785bhp.
    Two electric motors, 754bhp, 687lb ft
    100kWh battery, 365 miles claimed range
    0-62mph in 2.4secs, 155mph
    £91,800 (including UK government grant)

    However, that only seems good in a straight line on an airfield:
    “The body control is shoddy, with the car floating over crests and rocking side-to-side in a fidgety motion when you just want it to cruise, on Autopilot or not. The brake feel is dreadful and their staying power pretty ropey, and the steering’s lifelessly remote. All told, it’s pretty alarming if you try to drive a Tesla as quick as a £100k super-saloon should have the capability to be driven at. Maybe it’s a safety feature.”

    Maybe they should just go back “Noddy” cars.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      December 27, 2019 12:25 pm

      Don’t forget all the extra equipment that cops cars have, heavier and much higher electricity demand.
      Plus you don’t get 0-60 in 2.4 secs and 155mph and 365 miles range together, it is very much one or the other.

    • In the Real World permalink
      December 27, 2019 4:40 pm

      A calculation on that Tesla,s specification means that , [ using a 90% energy efficiency for an electric motor ], if it was driven to maximum performance , [ as in a police car chase ] , then from fully charged the battery would be flat in 10 minutes .
      Which would only total about 20 to 30 miles actual range .

      So it is no wonder that they are useless for police work .

  9. Rowland P permalink
    December 27, 2019 12:30 pm

    There is one invention which would kick both fossil fuels and batteries into the long grass – aluminium/air fuel cell invented by an Englishman which would give a vehicle a range of up to 1500 miles before a quick swop of the cell is needed. But the former industries would be out to stifle it. See

    • Sheri permalink
      December 27, 2019 12:53 pm

      I’m sure they sold the electric cars with the same kind of slick line. Nice try.

    • Gamecock permalink
      December 27, 2019 1:59 pm

      Yeah, the aluminium/air fuel cell is in the closet, next to the 100 mpg carburetor.

  10. December 27, 2019 12:47 pm

    Careful “Conservative Party MP David Davies, a former special constable”

    That’s not David Davies from Hull
    That is David TC Davies the Welsh MP

    • Dave Ward permalink
      December 27, 2019 1:24 pm

      David TC Davies, the Welsh MP, is one of the few MP’s who objected to the ruinous Climate Change Act 2008.

      “I am concerned that we are spending a vast amount of money on tackling man made global warming when the problem may not even exist. I believe the Climate Change Act of 2008 has to be significantly transformed or revoked”

      And he’s not actually Welsh, but was born in London. However:

      “Davies speaks fluent Welsh after learning the language from scratch when he was elected to the National Assembly for Wales”

  11. December 27, 2019 12:57 pm

    Spelled differently. David Davis is Hull, David Davies is Welsh.

  12. December 27, 2019 12:58 pm

    Charging the battery take much longer than filling the gas tank. Hours instead of minutes. And if the vehicle had depleted its battery completely it would have required a tow rather than someone responding with a can of gas.

    The Tesla is able to drive up to 265 miles on one charge, Fremont police told the Sacramento Bee.

  13. Broadlands permalink
    December 27, 2019 1:25 pm

    This is a small glimpse into the future. Lowering carbon fuel emissions ASAP can only be done by substituting electrical vehicles for petrol powered transportation at all levels. Why this simple observation is not made very clear to the politicians (and the little girls they listen to) is a puzzle. The power of climate models, and those who promote their catastrophic futures is remarkable.

  14. December 27, 2019 1:43 pm

    SURELY the police ‘service’ MUST be exempted from the ULEZ lunacy! Instant response using high performance vehicles is obviously a vital aspect of police activity. The khant guy is on another very money-hungry planet, where insanity reigns.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 27, 2019 5:17 pm

      The cost will go on the police precept included in council tax bills. Khan can of course choose to reduce it by banning police emergency response, and devoting yet more manpower to online hate crime.

  15. December 27, 2019 3:17 pm

    The answer seems simple to me. Why not pass a law requiring all criminals to drive EVs; problem solved!

    • December 28, 2019 12:34 am

      Supply me with a new free Tesla every 5 yrs & I’ll become a criminal (:-))

  16. December 27, 2019 4:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  17. January 2, 2020 3:05 am

    Let’s hope this trend continues.
    Since governments are the largest purchasers of cars that aren’t fit for purpose it should be mandatory for all government workers to drive them, leaving us to drive whatever we want.

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